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US 'Funneled Weapons to Terrorists' in Syria - Rand Paul

© AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall, FileRepublican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul speaks in Des Moines, Iowa
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul speaks in Des Moines, Iowa - Sputnik International
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The United States has acted in the Middle East as if it has no idea what to do, and has passed weapons to terrorist groups operating in Syria, US Senator Rand Paul said on Friday.

Turkish armoured personnel carriers escort military vehicles on a main road in Karkamis on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 26, 2016 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Paul noted that US policy on Syria has become an "abysmal failure," and blamed squarely the Obama administration for it.

"So far in this war we have funneled weapons to terrorists, armed multiple sides and generally acted as if we don’t have a clue what to do in the region — and we’ve done it all unconstitutionally," Paul stated in an op-ed for the Fox News.

"The Obama administration drew red lines that made no sense," Paul claimed. "It armed opposition it did not know well or understand."

The senator underscored many existing conflicts of interest in Syria, including US ally Turkey attacking US-backed Syrian Kurds and CIA-supported Syrian opposition fighting with Defense Department-armed Turkish Kurds.

"When Congress comes back this fall, we should immediately take action to either authorize this war or to end it," Paul maintained.

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