President Obama ruled out Sunday sending U.S. ground troops to Syria, saying that military efforts alone aren’t going to solve the conflict.

“It would be a mistake for the United States, or Great Britain, to send in ground troops and overthrow the Assad regime,” he said in an interview with the BBC.

Obama said he didn’t think the Islamic State would be eradicated in his last nine months in office, but he still believes the territory that the terror group controls can shrink. Obama called the conflict a “heart-breaking situation of enormous complexity.”

“In order for us to solve the long-term problems in Syria, military solution along – and certainly us deploying ground troops – is not going to bring that about,” he said.

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