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Indiana Senator Warns Against American Troops In Syria

Sen. Joe Donnelly says the U.S. should not send troops to Syria, but he says providing limited weapons to opposition fighters should be considered an option.

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    Syrian refugees are living in temporary tents in Antakya, Turkey.

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    Sen. Joe Donnelly meets with troops in Afghanistan on his visit to the region.

After traveling to Turkey last week, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) is emphasizing he does not support the use of American troops on the ground in Syria.

Donnelly and other members of Congress visited with Syrian refugees at a border camp. The senator says opposition leaders support his view.

“They say look we don’t want American men and women on the ground. And I said that’s a good thing because there won’t be American men and women on the ground. I don’t support that at all,” he says. “They said all we want are the tools to create success here. The other thing they said in group after group that they are the moderates.”

Donnelly says the refugees are concerned about the growing ranks of an Al-Qaeda related terrorist group.

He says a No-Fly-Zone over Syria, establishing an international safety zone for refugees and opposition members, and providing limited weapons to opposition fighters are all ideas being discussed.

The United Nations estimates there have been more than 70,000 casualties from the war in Syria.

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