McCain told Reuters that the beheading of American journalist
James Foley by Islamic State militants should serve as a turning
point for President Barack Obama's deliberations on how to deal with
"First of all, you've got to dramatically increase the airstrikes.
And those airstrikes have to be devoted to Syria as well," McCain
said in a telephone interview.
Of the video of Foley's beheading, McCain said: "I don't think
there's any doubt that this horrible video on the Internet is bound
to have an impact on the American people. The nature of the
brutality of this organization has been brought home by this."
McCain said hitting Islamic State targets in Syria is necessary
because the militants have captured military equipment in the Iraqi
city of Mosul which they seized in June and moved it into enclaves
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"We have to defeat them, not stop them," he said.
The Arizona senator also said the United States should arm Iraqi
Kurds and help arrange a reconciliation between Shi'ites and Sunnis
(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)
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