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Clinton says would not support war declaration against ISIS

Reuters , Tuesday 10 Nov 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks on stage during a rally after filing paperwork for the New Hampshire primary at the State House on November 9, 2015 in Concord, New Hampshire (Photo: AFP)
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she was not ready to support a formal declaration of war against Islamic State militants, although she said the United States needs to improve its efforts to fight the group.

To have a declaration of war, she said, requires understanding the resources available and the goals involved.

"If you have a declaration of war, you'd better have a budget that backs it up," said Clinton, who was campaigning in New Hampshire.

"I do think that we have to do a better job of understanding the threat that is posed by radical Islamic jihadist groups," added Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the November 2016 presidential election.

Because Islamic State, or ISIS, is so diffuse across the Middle East, she said, a declaration of war might not be the right way to fight such a group, calling ISIS "the first Internet terrorist network."

Islamic State controls swathes of Iraq and Syria.

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