29 Sep '14, 11pm

McCain: Ground troops needed to fight ISIL

McCain: Ground troops needed to fight ISIL

Americans would support sending more U.S. troops to fight the Islamic State if U.S. strategy in the region were clearer, Sen. John McCain, a longtime critic of President Obama’s foreign policy, said Monday. And without more specialized troops, he said, the U.S. mission against the Islamic State will fail. “I wish the president would stop saying we’re not going to have combat troops on the ground,” McCain said in an interview with USA Today. “In support roles, in special forces roles, intelligence, and particularly (in) target acquisition, we can have people there.” Airstrikes are insufficient to end the threat posed by ISIS, McCain said. “But I don’t think it’s necessary to have large combat units ... Because I don’t think we have to, number one, and the more we do send in, the higher likelihood of casualties.” McCain has urged that the U.S. also target forces of Syrian Pr...

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