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John McCain: Working With Russia on ISIS Is Like Partnering With Syria and Iran

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 10:23 PM

Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that any notion of the United States partnering with Russia to stop the Islamic State would "of course" be tantamount to working with Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iran.

"Of course, of course," the Arizona Republican, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Anderson Cooper on CNN. "Does anybody believe now that Assad is going to willingly leave power?

"There has been a tacit accommodation to the realities on the ground — and the realities on the ground are that the Free Syrian Army have been negated because of a total failure of Obama policies and strategies.

"There has been none — and we're paying a very heavy price for it."

President Donald Trump has said that he is open to working with Russia to destroy ISIS in Syria, but McCain cautioned that "I would be deeply disturbed if such a thing happened."

He said Russia has been "bombing and striking the moderate opposition people that we armed and trained.

"Meanwhile, ISIS retakes Palmyra and they don't do anything about it.

"It certainly shows the Russians priorities, which are not ISIS," McCain said.

"They want to consolidate Assad in power and consolidate their now significant — in fact, in some ways — the most powerful role in the Middle East.

"That's a long, long way from when they got thrown out of Egypt in 1973."

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Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that any notion of the United States partnering with Russia to stop the Islamic State would "of course" be tantamount to working with Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iran.
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