Lawmakers say more special ops troops needed in Middle East

A U.S. Army Special Forces soldier assigned to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan provides security during an advising mission in Afghanistan, April 10, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sara Wakai/ Released)

Republican John McCain and Democrat Dianne Feinstein are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. Special Operations forces to key locations around the Middle East.

ABC News reported that the suggestion made by the two influential senators is a direct challenge to the president.  Despite the deteriorating security condition in Yemen, Obama has stood by his statement that he does not want to increase U.S. military presence in that country.

Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that the U.S. needs more human intelligence in the region.  This would reduce the need to rely so heavily on intelligence obtained by technical means.

McCain, head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Feinstein in telling CBS’ “Face the Nation” that special ops forces may be necessary to hinder Iranian influence in various hotspots in the region.

Below is a video, from earlier this month, of Army and Air Force operators coordinating an airstrike against ISIS in Iraq.

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