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Sen. Lindsey Graham calls for up to 7,000 American troops in Syria to take down Assad

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called Friday for between 5,000 and 7,000 American ground troops to be moved to Syria in an effort to take down the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

While the United States struck a Syrian airforce base on Thursday, the attack was, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a one-off in response to an illegal use of chemical weapons earlier this week. But Graham warned that if Assad remains in power it “will ensure the war never ends,” reported Paul McLeod of BuzzFeed News. On Thursday, Graham and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) released a joint statement praising the strike.

Graham additionally said that when he told Trump that Thursday’s strike was “the first step,” Trump replied: “Yeah, I believe you’re right.”

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