Obama rules out deploying ground troops in Syria
April 24, London:President Barack Obama has refused to deploy ground troops in Syria and has said that military efforts alone cannot solve the country's problems.
"It would be a mistake for the United States, or Great Britain... to send in ground troops and overthrow the [Bashar al-] Assad regime," he said, according to a report by BBC. "In order for us to solve the long-term problems in Syria, a military solution alone - and certainly us deploying ground troops - is not going to bring that about," he said.
He also said he did not think so-called Islamic State would be defeated in his last nine months of office, however on a brighter note he added, "we can slowly shrink the environment in which they operate."
Obama, who is on a three-day visit to the UK, also warned that Britain could take up to 10 years to negotiate trade deals with the US if it votes to leave the EU in a June referendum.
The Oslo Times