Sec. Kerry speaks about efforts on Syria, Benghazi issues
James Rosen interviews secretary of state
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- Date Mar 5, 2013
James Rosen interviews secretary of state
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Secretary of state John Kerry tells Fox News the US is training anti -- -- forces fighting the Syrian government it is the first such official acknowledgment.
And it adds another element in this country's growing involvement in Syria's brutal civil war.
And that's not the end of the story chief Washington correspondent James Rosen talked one on one but the new secretary of state today and cut.
If one issue dominated the secretary of State's agenda on this trip it was the civil war in Syria.
-- organized a conference in Rome to steer more nonlethal aid to the rebels.
But in his interview with Fox News -- -- off the secretary appeared to confirm a New York Times report alleging a more direct role.
The US has begun.
-- -- training for some forces cannot conflict.
But what is your hope for how that will help to contribute to a speedier exit from -- -- -- -- you see that role possibly expanding in the future.
Well I think what President Obama this is hoping is to build.
Upon what has already happened so now the president has ratcheted up through the meeting in Rome.
Which we brought about inviting countries to come in order to send the signal.
That we are determined to change president us it's calculation that's really what -- -- training is one of the final Florida's electric cart event this one part of it but other nations -- doing other things.
Later a senior State Department official said Kerry was simply referring to the totality of effort by the allies at Rome.
Kerry also disclose publicly for the first time.
Efforts he has made us secretary to acquire a better understanding of the Ben Ghazi attacks -- Why should we not heard from any of the Bengals -- survivors.
Well I admit.
That I can't tell you the answer that I can tell you that I visited was one of the survivors.
At Bethesda hospital who is -- remarkably courageous person who's doing very very well will we hear from them I don't know what the circumstances are very request to talk -- -- President Obama vowed that the perpetrators of those attacks would be brought to justice it's been six months.
Will we see justice brought to those perpetrators and -- the passage of time making that more and more unlikely.
-- I hope we will and I know the president is committed to try to do so and I have personally talked to the FBI director.
To get a brief on exactly where we stand in that process what did you tell you he told me and literally on the eve of his departure to go to Tripoli.
In order to talk with people.
That they are doing everything they can within the FBI.
To conduct their investigation and to lay the ground work in order to be able to bring justice for six months out.
It takes a while when you would operate by high standards and when you need the levels of evidence that we do we are working at it and we will continue to work -- As the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War -- I asked if Kerry still believes it to have been a mistake.
I believe that.
Get a our troops out of Iraq which is what the president did was the right thing to do.
And if you talk to almost anybody here in the region as I have in the last days.
Turning the region upside down in the way that that did.
Has created serious security challenges for people throughout this region I think we can be proud of what we achieved.
I think our troops did an absolutely stunning job -- and southern Russia franchiser of crazy about that he deserves credit for what the troops did when they went in.
There's different issue obviously about the choices that put our troops were extraordinary and they have given the Iraqis.
The unique opportunity to have a democracy.
That hopefully can work it's up to them to make it work and we're still struggling without.
In the nine foreign capitals he visited on this trip secretary Kerry met with close to forty world leaders.
Now he heads back to the Oval Office to give his insights into the man he constantly takes pains to portray as calling the shots.
Brent James -- traveling with secretary caring and -- -- James thank you.