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Murphy Doesn’t Support Military Intervention After Trip To Syrian Border

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Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., speaks at a press conference with Congress members from Connecticut and a group of 26 cyclists who rode from Newtown, Conn., in support of common-sense solutions to gun violence on March 12, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., speaks at a press conference with Congress members from Connecticut and a group of 26 cyclists who rode from Newtown, Conn., in support of common-sense solutions to gun violence on March 12, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy says he’s not convinced the U.S. military should get involved in the Syrian conflict, after returning from a trip to the Syrian border where he and other members of Congress met with opposition leaders.
Murphy also visited a Turkish refugee camp on the border and supports the U.S. providing humanitarian relief. But he told reporters on Monday that he does “not think it’s clear that we have a national security imperative” in Syria.
Murphy said the opposition groups battling President Bashar Assad’s forces in the 2-year-old civil war are “badly fractured” and include some “bad elements.”
The freshman Democratic senator also visited Afghanistan, Pakistan and a U.S. military hospital in Germany where he visited wound soldiers. Murphy sits on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

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