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U.S. prepared for military solution against IS in Syria: Biden

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 01:35

After meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says the two countries are ready for a military solution against Islamic State if a political settlement in Syria is not possible. Diane Hodges reports.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says the United States and Turkey are prepared for a military solution against Islamic State in Syria, if the Syrian government and rebels fail to reach a political settlement. SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. VICE PRESIDENT, JOE BIDEN, SAYING: "We do know that it is better if we reach a political solution, but we are prepared. We are prepared, if that's not possible, to have a military solution to this operation in taking out Daesh." A U.S. official later clarified that Biden was talking about a military solution to Islamic State, not Syria as a whole. The latest round of Syria peace talks are scheduled to begin on Monday in Geneva but could be delayed in part because of a dispute over who will comprise the opposition delegation. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says only what he calls, "the legitimate Syrian opposition" should be involved in the talks. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER, AHMET DAVUTOGLU, SAYING: "In terms of Syria peace talks, we have common ground regarding two issues. There should not be any uncertainty or any confusion on representation of the Syrian opposition. I am happy to see that the United States shares our views as well. Turkey believes that only legitimate Syrian opposition should be in the negotiations." Biden said he and Davutoglu also discussed how the two NATO allies could further support Sunni Arab rebel forces fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad. The United States has sent dozens of special forces soldiers to help rebels fighting Islamic State in Syria although the troops are not intended for front line combat.

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U.S. prepared for military solution against IS in Syria: Biden

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 01:35