Senator McCain calls for more ‘boots on the ground’ to combat ISIS

Senator John McCain on Monday during a Senate delegation tour of the Middle East called for the deployment of ground forces to fight against the ISIS terrorist group in Syria and Iraq. McCain was heading a delegation of US senators on a trip to the region that included visits to Israel, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. ISIS terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, began their offensive on Kobane in mid-September and came close to capturing the town. But Kurdish fighters have gradually taken the lost territory back as a result of a steady campaign of US-led air strikes, have gradually recaptured territory.

The US military is to send more than 400 troops to train Syrian rebel forces as part of a long-planned effort to build up a moderate opposition to take on ISIS. US forces are holding the training in Saudia Arabia, Turkey and Qatar and is expected to start in the spring according to the Pentagon. ISIS, which controls large parts of Syria’s northern territory, sent its fighters into Iraq in June, quickly seizing large parts of Iraq. Read More at


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