Ohio: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday said that Iraq is in worse shape than before Saddam Hussein was overthrown.
Wooing voters ahead of a crucial round of nominating contests, Trump, who made appearances in North Carolina, Florida and Ohio before Tuesday's primaries, told supporters what he saw as the failures of the US-led coalition in Iraq and the fight against Islamic State (IS).
"Saddam Hussein was not a good person. Who cares? I'll tell you what, he was great at killing terrorists. He would kill terrorists. Now Iraq is Harvard University for terrorists. You go to Iraq, you want to be a terrorist you go to Iraq. That's Harvard, that's what they do. They kill. We don't do. They develop terrorists all over the place now. It is far worse than it was before we started."
Trump could seize control of the Republican race with a sweep and possibly knock out two of his rivals, Ohio Governor John Kasich and US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
(With Reuters inputs)