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Kirby: U.S. Military Action Wouldn't Have Made Difference in Aleppo

Kirby: U.S. Military Action Wouldn't Have Made Difference in Aleppo

(Sputnik via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 15 December 2016 02:31 PM

A broad range of options concerning the devastation in Aleppo, Syria, were considered by the government, including military options, but military leaders determined "it wouldn't do anything to really stop the bloodshed and violence, and it might exacerbate the situation," State Department Spokesman John Kirby said Thursday.

"We're not happy where we are," Kirby told MSNBC's "Morning Joe," and "nobody is more frustrated" than Secretary of State John Kerry.

"You have covered his very energetic and diplomatic efforts on this," Kirby said. "We're not happy where we are. This is not where we wanted the diplomatic process to take us. It's not like other options weren't considered."

But diplomacy has not gotten matters where the State Department wants them to be, Kirby conceded, particularly with the latest news that Syrian forces were firing on convoys of citizens' buses attempting to leave Aleppo during the latest cease fire Thursday.

"We need to keep trying to get these people out safely," Kirby said, calling the reports, if true, "despicable."

"What we really need is a political discussion that leads to an end of the war, so the fighting can stop."

Kerry is focused on getting the two sides back to the table in Syria, Kirby said, and will stay focused on that for the remainder of his term in office.

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A broad range of options concerning the devastation in Aleppo, Syria, were considered by the government, including military options, but military leaders determined "it wouldn't do anything to really stop the bloodshed and violence, and it might exacerbate the situation, ...
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