Pence steps past Trump on Syria, underscoring differences

ROSSFORD, Ohio - Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence has ventured beyond Donald Trump's ambiguous posture toward war-torn Syria.

The Indiana governor said during a debate with Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine that the U.S. military should be ready to strike Syrian military targets under the command of President Bashar Assad, whom the U.S. blames for a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. The threat of military action against the Russia-backed Assad regime marks a departure from what Trump has proposed for the country's escalating humanitarian crisis.

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