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US leadership role hurt by weak Syria refugee response

Migrants and refugees take part in a demonstration on September 15, 2015 at Istanbul's Esenler Bus TerminalThe United States’ failure to live up to its historic role as the leader in resettling war refugees will weaken its diplomatic clout and tarnish Barack Obama’s legacy, aid agencies warned Tuesday. With millions of Syrians forced into camps across the Middle East, tens of thousands crossing Europe on foot and hundreds washing up dead on beaches, America has promised to take in only 10,000 as refugees next year. Alongside this, Washington is the leading humanitarian donor to the region, has launched a diplomatic effort to end the political crisis with Syria and leads a coalition bombing the Islamic State jihadist group.

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