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Sen. Ted Cruz criticized Obama's anti-Islamic State strategy as a "photo-op foreign policy" during Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate, and called for more punishing air power against the terror group.

The Texas Republican made comparisons to the first Gulf War, where U.S. planes "carpet bombed" the enemy for about a month. By comparison, Cruz said the current campaign against the Islamic State is launching only about 15-30 airstrikes a day.

"It is photo-op foreign policy. We need to use overwhelming air power, we need to be arming the Kurds, we need to be fighting and killing ISIS where they are," Cruz said during the debate hosted by CNN in Las Vegas.

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