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    Clinton: Next US President Must Keep Troops Out Ground Wars in Middle East

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    The next President of the United States must be determined not to return any US ground troops into ground conflicts anywhere in the Middle East, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton pledged after taking another major step toward her party’s presidential nomination.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Clinton served for four years from 2009 to 2013 as the first secretary of state of current President Barack Obama during which she supported keeping US ground forces fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    She later supported using NATO air forces to help topple Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and also backed opposition rebels, including Islamists, who were trying to topple President Bashar Assad in Syria.

    "We agree that our next president must keep our troops out of another costly ground war in the Middle East," Clinton told a victory rally in the city of Philadelphia on Tuesday night after winning the Pennsylvania state primary over her challenger Senator Bernie Sanders.

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