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VERBATIM: Fallon rues Syria action timing

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Perhaps we should have intervened earlier in Syria. We've now had a civil war that's raged for five years. We've had hundreds of thousands of people killed and we've had millions who've had to leave their homes in Syria. And indeed our refugees in Turkey are all heading towards Europe, so it's a very good example, actually where the west probably should have intervened much earlier.
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We're not putting troops on the ground at the moment because that's in the middle of a civil war. And in the end, Daesh can only be defeated in Iraq or in Syria by local forces, by moderate forces and we're ready to help train them and to assist them.
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We use our jet aircraft, we have surveillance from the air. We're ready to help there, but the battle in the end against Daesh terrorism can only in the end be won locally in those countries with our support.