Gabbard makes secret trip to Syria

Gabbard makes secret trip to Syria
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Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardPentagon’s No. 2 official: Trump’s ‘Space Force’ could cost 'billions' Ryan discovers Jewish heritage on PBS show Hoping to catch fire, House Dems eye White House MORE (D-Hawaii) secretly visited the capital of Syria on a "fact finding" mission to find an end to the six-year civil war there, according to Foreign Policy.  

Gabbard's spokeswoman, Emily Latimer, told Foreign Policy that the congresswoman “felt it was important to meet with a number of individuals and groups including religious leaders, humanitarian workers, refugees and government and community leaders.” 

“Gabbard has long been committed to peace and ending counterproductive, interventionist wars," Latimer said.

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Latimer declined to say whether Gabbard met with Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose regime has been embattled by opposition rebels since 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring. 

Gabbard is an Army National Guard major and Iraq War veteran who has called for the U.S. to stop arming Syrian opposition rebels and fueling the civil war. She has also called for the U.S. to abandon its goal of removing Assad. 

“I don’t think Assad should be removed,” Gabbard told CNN in November 2015. “If Assad is removed and overthrown, ISIS, al Qaeda, Al Nusra, these Islamic extremist groups will walk straight in and take over all of Syria … they will be even stronger." 

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