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    US Middle East Allies Need to Deploy Ground Troops to Syria - Lawmaker

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    The United States should encourage partners in the Middle East to send military troops into Syria because they are willing to do, US Congressman Adam Kinzinger said in an interview on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Donald Trump can unilaterally green-light the use of ground troops in Syria without coming to Congress, Kinzinger added.

    "I would like to see long-term humanitarian safe zones, a no-fly zone enforced by the United States and its allies, and then ultimately there will need to be a ground force," Kinzinger told MSNBC. "But it does not need to be American troops, because the Middle East partners — and they said it — are willing to do it."

    The lawmaker stated that peaceful negotiations can be a solution to Syrian conflict, but "[Syrian President Bashar] Assad has to know that the alternative is — he may die."

    The comments came two days after a reported chemical attack in Syrian Idlib province killed an estimated 80 people, including dozens of children.


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