Jeb Bush says US should embed some troops with Iraqis for training

By REUTERS
May 31, 2015 17:30

 
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Republican Jeb Bush, calling President Barack Obama's handling of the Islamic State a failure, said the United States should embed some US troops with Iraqi forces to train them and identify targets.

The expected Republican presidential candidate, in an interview to be aired Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," said he was not calling for US combat forces to be deployed in Iraq, in what would be a return to the war policy run by his brother, former President George W. Bush.

But Jeb Bush said there are steps the United States can take to counter Islamic State's rise in the region. Obama has largely relied on US air strikes to attack Islamic State targets in a policy that has had some successes but has not stopped the militants.

Bush's thinking about Iraq is significant since earlier this month when he was embroiled in a controversy over whether he would have launched the Iraq war in 2003 "given what we know now." Bush said he would have done so but later disavowed the comment, saying he had misinterpreted the question.

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