Romney open to US troops securing Syrian WMDs

Republican candidate says US must be ready "to take whatever action necessary" to prevent Hezbollah, Hamas gaining WMDs.

August 25, 2012 04:39
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Republican US presidential candidate Mitt Romney suggested Friday that he would be prepared to send ground troops into Syria in order to secure loose chemical weapons.

Speaking to CBS News, Romney said, "I think we have to also be ready to take whatever action is necessary to assure that we do not have any kind of weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands terrorists. And whether that requires troops or whether that requires other action by our friends and allies there -- Turkey is very involved, Saudi Arabia is -- but of course, we have to retain the option to protect ourselves and our friends from weapons of mass destruction."

Western countries and Israel have expressed fears chemical weapons could fall into the hands of militant groups as Assad's authority erodes.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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