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Ben Carson Would 'Absolutely' Shoot Down Russian MiGs Violating a U.S. 'No Fly Zone' in Syria

"Whatever happens next we will deal with it."

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson appears to be doubling down on his debate statement about a no-fly zone over Syria. Carson told an Iowa radio show Wednesday that he would shoot down a Russian MiG if it did not respect the America's military rules in the region.

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Carson told WHO Radio's Simon Conway that he likes the idea of a "no-fly zone at the Turkish/Syrian border," specifically to provide a "little bit of a safe haven" to the refugees assembled in the area.

The show's host pressed the candidate on what happens if Russia won't comply with our no-fly zone, asking Carson, "Do we shoot down a Russian MiG?"

Carson did not hesitate, stating, "If they do come in that area, after you give them adequate warning, and you talk to Putin — you shoot them down. Absolutely."

A seemingly stunned Conway stammered for a couple of seconds before posing the question, "If you shoot down a Russian MiG, what happens next? They will respond, no question."

"Whatever happens next we will deal with it," Carson stated, adding, "You can't continue backing down."

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Hear Simon Conway's entire interview with Ben Carson on WHO Radio.

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