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Dem Senator: Obama’s Syria Strategy Won’t Work ‘Long Term’

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said she does not believe that President Barack Obama‘s current strategy in Syria will work in the long term.

Obama recently announced that he would be sending 50 U.S. Special Forces troops to Syria in an effort to aid Kurdish soldiers in combatting ISIS. The move has faced scrutiny, especially from those who refer to the president’s 2013 pledge to not put U.S. boots on the ground in Syria.

Gillibrand said Obama should ideally ask Congress for a war authorization before sending ground troops. She added that she did not support Obama’s plan to arm the Syria rebel forces. “I thought those arms would end up in the hands of ISIL, and so I was very concerned about that strategy and voted against the Armed Services bill because of it,” Gillibrand said.

“I don’t think it’s a strategy that will work long term,” she added of the decision to send 50 Special Forces troops. “… I think what we could be doing more of is dealing with the humanitarian crisis.”

This includes accepting more refugees from countries that are directly affected by the threat of ISIS, Gillibrand said.

Watch the video above, via CBS.

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