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Obama defends U.S. approach toward war in Syria
December 16, 2016 / 8:40 PM / 8 months ago

Obama defends U.S. approach toward war in Syria

WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday defended the U.S. approach toward the civil war in Syria, saying he understood the desire for action to end the conflict but it would have been impossible to do "on the cheap" without a full U.S. military intervention.

"Unless we were all in and willing to take over Syria, we were going to have problems," Obama told a news conference, noting that it would have required "putting large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground, uninvited, without any international law mandate." (Reporting by Roberta Rampton, Jeff Mason and Julia Harte; writing by David Alexander)

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