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US senator calls for more troops to fight Islamic State jihadists

Sen. Lindsey Graham is calling for as many as 6,000 more US troops to fight the Islamic State group.

The South Carolina Republican also wants additional penalties imposed on Russia for what he calls Moscow’s “aiding and abetting” of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the use of chemical weapons — and for Russian meddling in the 2016 American election.

Graham tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the additional troops would “attract more regional fighters to destroy” the militants. Graham isn’t saying where the Americans would be sent.

The Syrian opposition has reported that Assad’s forces have begun flying again from an air base struck last week by U.S. missiles, and Graham says Assad is telling Trump — “F … you’ — by resuming those flights.

— AP

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