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Hillary: I don't back war against Isil

Ken Thomas

Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30

Former US President Bill Clinton during a visit to Panama with the Clinton Foundation
Former US President Bill Clinton during a visit to Panama with the Clinton Foundation
Hillary Cllinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton says she does not currently support seeking a declaration of war against Isil, citing the diffuse nature of the threat.

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Ms Clinton said in response to a question at a town hall meeting with veterans that the US needs to have a better understanding of the threat posed by radical Islamic groups. She said the US also needs to understand the potential costs, saying, "if you have a declaration of war you better have a budget that backs it up."

"I'm not sure that makes sense in fighting a threat that is as diffuse and networked as this threat is," she said.

The Democratic presidential candidate spoke as some members of Congress have pushed for a vote on a new authorisation for the use of military force in Iraq and Syria.

Ms Clinton also pointed to the recent Russian plane crash, saying if an affiliate of the Isil group "put a bomb on that charter plane, that raises the stakes not just for the United States but for others."

Irish Independent

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