WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that the US should support Kurdish and Arab forces as they advance on Raqqa.
“Well, I think there are a number of issues that we should be addressing. I have put forth a plan to defeat ISIS,” Clinton said during the first live presidential debate. “It does involve going after them online. I think we need to do much more with our tech companies to prevent ISIS and their operatives from being able to use the Internet to radicalize, even direct people in our country and Europe and elsewhere.
But she said the plan also includes supporting the Kurds to fight against ISIS in Raqqa.
“But we also have to intensify our air strikes against ISIS and eventually support our Arab and Kurdish partners to be able to actually take out ISIS in Raqqa, end their claim of being a Caliphate,” she added.
“We’re making progress. Our military is assisting in Iraq. And we’re hoping that within the year we’ll be able to push ISIS out of Iraq and then, you know, really squeeze them in Syria,” she said about the future of ISIS in Iraq, which was also a hint to the upcoming Mosul operation.
“But we have to be cognizant of the fact that they’ve had foreign fighters coming to volunteer for them, foreign money, foreign weapons, so we have to make this the top priority,” Clinton stated.
The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not mention the Kurds, but blamed Clinton and president Barack Obama for allowing ISIS to grow.
“I think we have to get NATO to go into the Middle East with us, in addition to surrounding nations, and we have to knock the hell out of ISIS, and we have to do it fast, when ISIS formed in this vacuum created by Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton,” he said.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News
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