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Distancing herself from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, potential 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in an interview Sunday that the U.S. decision not to intervene early in the Syrian civil war was a “failure.”

Republican critics and others have faulted Obama for doing too little to support Syrians who rose up against President Bashar Assad. The Syrian conflict has raged for three years, with Assad staying in power and Islamic militants gaining strength among the rebels.

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