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Gabbard declines to call Syria's Assad a war criminal

IANS  |  Washington 

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu US Congresswoman and Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, said that she believed her past comments on Syrian have been misunderstood, declining to call him a war criminal.

was pressed during a interview on Sunday whether she believed Assad used against Syrian civilians.

"I want to correct that, because there has been some misunderstanding," the Hawaii said.

"There have been reports showing that have been used in Syria, both by the as well as different terrorist groups on the ground in

"The scepticism and the questions that I raised were very specific around incidents that the was trying to use as an excuse to launch a US military attack in Syria," she added.

met Assad in two years ago. She said last month that Assad was "not the enemy of the US because does not pose a direct threat" to

When asked if she was unsure whether Assad was a war criminal now, said: "Everything that I have said requires that we take action based on evidence. (If) the evidence is there, there should be accountability."

Gabbard cited her experience serving in as informing her approach to Syria.

"I served in a war in Iraq, a war that was launched based on lies, and a war that was launched without evidence," she said. "And so the American people were duped."



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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 14:12 IST