Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has said former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "killed hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity".
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, the real estate billionaire blamed America's former top diplomat for the rise of the Islamic State group & the Syrian civil war.
Mr Trump moreover turned fire on Republican competitor Ted Cruz, calling him a "maniac" after a new poll showed the Texas senator leading by 10 points in the early voting state of Iowa.
Following Mrs Clinton's remarks earlier this week that Mr Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric made him dangerous , the businessman said: "I'm dangerous?
"She's the one that caused all this problem. She's killed hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity.
"The Middle East is a total disaster under her. She travelled back & forth, yet look at all the problems."
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said: "What do you mean, hundreds of thousands?"
Mr Trump said: "She was secretary of state. Obama was president, the team. Two real geniuses."
He concluded: "She will be a terrible president. And I think I'll win."
Mrs Clinton wrote in her memoir Hard Choices that she had argued for the US to arm moderate Syrian rebel groups earlier in the conflict, which is estimated to have killed at least 200,000 people.
Mr Trump moreover attacked Mr Cruz as the gloves well & truly came off between the two rivals for the hardline conservative vote in the November 2016 White House election.
"I don't think he has the right temperament," Mr Trump told Fox News Sunday. "I don't think he's received the right judgement.
"When you look at the way he has dealt with the Senate, where he goes in there like a, you know, frankly, like a little bit of a maniac. You are never going to obtain things done that way."
He spoke as Mr Cruz leap-frogged him to lead in Iowa with 31% support, leaving Mr Trump trailing on 21% in the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll.
Source: “Sky News”