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Biden Says U.S. Is Prepared to Use Military Force in Syria

  • Political solution would `be better,' he says in Turkey
  • Biden aide tells reporters U.S. policy on Syria is unchanged

The U.S. is prepared to use military force to end a civil war in Syria if a political solution can’t be reached, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said during a visit to Turkey.

A non-military resolution to Syria’s conflict “would be better,” but force could be used for “taking out” Islamic State if necessary, Biden said Saturday following meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul.