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WEB EXTRA: Billy Long 'Concerned' About U.S. Involvement in Syria

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Congressman Billy Long (R-7th District) spoke out about Syria in his visit to Springfield Tuesday.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Congressman Billy Long (R-7th District) spoke out about Syria in his visit to Springfield Tuesday.

This comes after U.S. Senator John McCain made a surprise visit to Syria over the holiday weekend. The U.S. is trying to negotiate a diplomatic resolution to the 2-year-long battle between the Syrian government and rebel fighters hoping to overthrow President Bashar Al-Assad.

"I'm still very concerned about who we would be helping if we decide to help the opposition," Congressman Long tells KOLR10 News. "Al Qaeda's all over the place. I'm not in favor of jumping off the cliff before we know what we're jumping into."

(see full interview above)

The Obama Administration is looking for a diplomatic end to the war. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart in Paris to discuss next month's Syrian peace conference in Geneva.

Long was in town to tour the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Missouri State University and ManorCare. See that story tonight on KOLR10 News at Five and Six.

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