Starting his 2016 campaign, Graham is blunt on Middle East

Starting his 2016 campaign, Graham is blunt on Middle East (Image 1)

CENTRAL, SC (AP) – Lindsey Graham is set to join the 2016 Republican presidential race, and a campaign announcement is coming in the small South Carolina town where he grew up.

His White House ambitions are rooted half a world away in the Middle East.

In the early days of the campaign, the three-term senator already has gone further than most of his rivals in saying how he would tackle foreign policy in the region.

Graham wants to put 10,000-plus more U.S. troops into Iraq, adding to the several thousand there now working as trainers and advisers only.

He also says it could take even more troops to stabilize the Middle East over time, adding that “more American soldiers will die in Iraq and eventually in Syria to protect our homeland.”

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