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Schumer opposes sending more troops to Syria

Ellen Abbott
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President Barack Obama has announced the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since the civil war there began. And that’s not sitting well with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).

The U.S. will deploy 250 special forces troops to help militia fighters in Syria. Schumer is leery about the operation.

"We have good fighting forces who can do the job -- the Kurds in particular. And we should not get into one of these snares, where first we have 200 troops, then 500 troops, then 5,000 troops,” Schumer.

This brings the total number of U-S troops in Syria to 300. Schumer says he’s satisfied that the drone program has done a good job of taking out ISIS leaders. He says that would be his preferred path.

This is not the first time Schumer has disagreed with Obama administration’s Middle East policy. He refused to support the administration’s nuclear deal with Iran last summer.

Obama has said these troops are not meant to be leading the fight on the ground, but will provide assistance and training to local troops.