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US Senate chief calls Obama's military Syria dispatch "long overdue".

WASHINGTON, April 25 (KUNA) -- Chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain on Monday called President Barack Obama's decision to send 250 more military staff to Syria "a welcome development" but "long overdue and ultimately insufficient. "Another reluctant step down the dangerous road of gradual escalation will not undo the damage in Syria to which this administration has borne passive witness," he said in a statement. "While the Assad regime, together with Russia, Iran and their proxies, has slaughtered Syrians with impunity and changed the military facts on the ground, the administration has been on a fool's errand pleading with Vladimir Putin to negotiate a political solution to the very hostilities he perpetuates," McCain said. Obama announced the additional forces during a speech in the German city of Hannover earlier today, with the aim of stemming influence and spread of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group. "Just as I approved additional support for Iraqi forces against ISIL, I've decided to increase US support for local forces fighting ISIL in Syria, a small number of special operations forces are already on the ground in Syria and their expertise has been critical as local forces have driven ISIL out of key areas," Obama said. (end) sd.bs

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Date:Apr 26, 2016
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