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Germany rejects Trump's call for ground troops in Syria

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Germany rejects Trump's call for ground troops in Syria
FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits for Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins to arrive at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany July 3, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke   -   Copyright  HANNIBAL HANSCHKE(Reuters)
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany on Monday rejected demands by the United States to deploy ground troops in Syria, a stance likely to anger 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.

(Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Michelle Martin)