Jeb Bush says U.S. should embed troops to combat Islamic State

June 1, 2015

Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks to the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce in Salem, New Hampshire May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican Jeb Bush, calling President Barack Obama’s handling of the Islamic State a failure, said the United States should embed some U.S. 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 U.S. combat forces to be deployed inIraq, 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 U.S. air strikes to attack Islamic State targets in a policy that has had some successes but has not stopped the militants.

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