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Clinton: Would send no US troops into Syria

5 years 10 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, November 19 2015 Nov 19, 2015 November 19, 2015 2:07 PM November 19, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

NEW YORK - If she's elected president, Hillary Rodham Clinton says, she will keep American troops out of Syria.

In a sweeping foreign policy address in New York, Clinton today said she would resist sending forces to fight Islamic militants even if there's another terrorist attack in the U.S. She said America must lead the effort against the Islamic State, but that Arab countries will have to supply much of the military force on the ground.

While Clinton said she largely backed President Barack Obama's efforts to combat Islamic militants, she said the U.S. should prioritize efforts to defeat Islamic extremists over ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad. Obama has said both have to happen in tandem.

Clinton also said the United States must welcome refugees from across the region, even as it toughens its defenses at airports, online and in the financial sector.

She said, "Turning away orphans, applying a religious test, discriminating against Muslims, slamming the door on every Syrian refugee, that is just not who we are."

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