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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rejected the idea of sending thousands of ground troops to fight Islamic State in the Middle East, saying the move would only hand the militant group a recruitment tool that could boost its ranks. Clinton is seeking the Democratic nomination for the presidential election in November 2016. "You have to fight them in the air, you have to fight them on the ground and you have to fight them in cyberspace." She also said it was no longer possible to militarily remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, telling CBS: "We need to get over the false choice between either going after Assad or going after ISIS." To do both, Clinton said, she would seek Russia's cooperation in the fight, if not their "active help" then at least their "acquiescence in what we're going to do to go after ISIS," although she said she would welcome an active role from Moscow.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border has not only frayed previously warm ties between Russia and Turkey, but has also put a strain on the peace talks for Syria, Russia's foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.