Clinton offers more hawkish approach on Islamic State than Obama

By REUTERS
November 19, 2015 19:17

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged a more aggressive approach to fighting Islamic State militants than President Barack Obama has pursued, saying an intensified air campaign is needed combined with ground forces.

In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the former secretary of state offered her most expansive view to date on how to counter a growing militancy that launched attacks in Paris last Friday in which 129 people died.

She said it is time for a "new phase" in the fight against Islamic State: A more effective US-led air campaign that will "have to be combined with ground forces actually taking back more territory."

The effort will require an "intelligence surge," she said, involving more Arabic speakers with expertise in the area and technical assets. There also should be no-fly zones over Syria and safe zones for people fleeing the violence, she added.


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