Major Iraq air effort needs ground troops

August 11, 2014 3:31 PM

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Major Iraq air effort needs ground troops

U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, which continued Sunday with an attack on a convoy of vehicles operated by Islamic militants, could continue indefinitely to protect refugees and the Kurdish city of Irbil, according to a senior officer who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the operation.

However, blunting the momentum of fighters with the group, the Islamic State, the officer said, would require special operators on the ground, a significant escalation that some members of Congress are already warning against.

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