Pentagon considering expanding U.S. role in ISIS fight


Top defense officials are looking at several options to change the military strategy against the Islamic State, including increasing U.S. forces' involvement on the ground, according to a media report late Monday.

Military leaders have forwarded their recommendations to the Defense Department over the last "several weeks," according to the report, as the administration seeks to increase its campaign against the terrorist group.

If the administration takes the recommendations from military commanders, it comes closer to breaking the promise President Obama made to not put U.S. ground forces in a "combat role" in Iraq.

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One of the options for an increased U.S. involvement would embed U.S. troops with Iraqi security forces, allowing them to call in airstrikes, The Hill reported. A second option would embed U.S. service members with Iraqis at the brigade or battalion level.

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