Germany Rejects Trump's Call for Ground Troops in Syria

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U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey, U.S. July 7, 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey, U.S. July 7, 2019Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Germany on Monday rejected demands by the United States to deploy ground troops in Syria, a stance likely to anger U.S. President Donald Trump who wants Chancellor Angela Merkel to commit to a bigger military role in the Middle East.

"When I say the government envisages sticking to the current measures in the anti-Islamic State (military) coalition, this includes no ground troops, as is well known," government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference.

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