NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton said America must lead the effort to fight Islamic State militants, but she called on Arab nations to increase their involvement in the wake of deadly attacks in Paris.
In a sweeping address in New York, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination laid out her vision for how to heighten pressure on the Islamic State and combat terrorism at home. Clinton vowed to keep American troops out of Syria. And she said the U.S. must accept refugees from the war-torn region even as the nation toughens its defenses and increases intelligence capabilities.
Americans, Clinton added, must overcome partisan battles and rise above personal fear to combat the threat of jihadism across the globe.
"Islam is not our adversary," she said, arguing that demonizing the religion, "gives these criminals, these murderers, more standing than they deserve."
Clinton spoke less than a week after a shooting and bombing attack in Paris killed 129 people in Paris and wounded hundreds more. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the carnage, stoking fears of future attacks across Europe and in the U.S.
Clinton laid out her plan a few hours ahead of her main Democratic presidential rival, Bernie Sanders, who was expected to speak in Washington.
A day earlier, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush spelled out his national security proposal at the Citadel in South Carolina. He called for sending more regular American troops the Middle East to fight the IS group, adding to the more than 3,000 U.S. troops that Obama has deployed to Iraq.
Clinton reiterated her support for a no-fly zone over the northern region of the country and backed the president's use of special forces.
She urged Turkey and Saudi Arabia to redirect their attention from battling Kurdish forces and the conflict in Yemen to the fight against Islamic State militants. And she promised that her broader approach would not lessen the pressure on Iran to comply with the recently completed nuclear deal.
"This is a time for American leadership. No other country can rally the world to defeat ISIS and win the generational struggle to defeat jihadism," she said. "The entire world must be part of this fight, but we must lead it."
Clinton also urged Congress to "swiftly" pass an updated authorization to use military force against the militants.
Meanwhile, House Republicans in Washington pushed legislation toward approval that would establish new hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the U.S. Obama has promised a veto, but his top aides struggled Thursday to limit Democratic defections.
Associated Press writer Alan Fram contributed to this report from Washington.