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October 10th, 2014
06:10 PM ET

Gen. Wesley Clark: ISIS fight is like Iraq War redux

(CNN) – A United Nations envoy said thousands could be massacred if the Syrian border town of Kobani is allowed to fall.

Former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) said the U.S. should do something to prevent that crisis, but cautions there is no easy solution.

"There's not easy access to (Kobani) except through Turkey. You can't get forces there by just parachuting them in from Fort Bragg and expect to make a significant difference. Over time, they've got to have mobility, they've got to have logistics, they've got to have fire support," Clark said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"This would be reopening a chapter that was closed. This is like Iraq War redux," he said.

Clark said he would like to see more action from Turkey, and suggests the Free Syrian Army step in and offer to govern.

"We're going to have to come to terms with putting some kind of political structure in place in Syria, or the alternative will be if we're successful against ISIS, we're going to turn the country back over to Bashar al-Assad," he said.

For more of our interview with Gen. Wesley Clark, check out the video above.

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