Experts: Time to step up U.S. combat role against ISIS


The attacks in Paris demonstrate that it's time for the U.S. to step up its involvement in the Middle East, including deploying more U.S. troops, national security experts told the Washington Examiner the day after a wave of violence killed more than 100 people.

James Carafano, an analyst with the Heritage Foundation, said the key to eliminating the Islamic State's ability to conduct international attacks is to break its caliphate in Iraq, something that will require U.S. ground combat troops.

"I don't think the Kurds are going to do it. You look across the Middle East, no one has capacity to do that," he said. "Unless you put Western forces back in, there's no answer to this. Otherwise you're just going to be playing whack-a-mole."

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