U.S. House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry
Military.com: Major Deployments to Syria, Afghanistan Unlikely: Thornberry
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he doesn't expect the administration to order a major push of ground troops into Syria, or a new buildup of combat forces in Afghanistan, even though both possibilities have been publicly discussed in recent weeks.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Republican from Texas, said he believes the advise-and-assist role that U.S. troops are currently executing in Syria as they help local forces prosecute a fight against the Islamic State is the correct one.
"I do not see the United States putting a large ground force in, to take and occupy territory in Syria," he said in response to a Military.com question. "I do believe this assist role is the right one for us there. Of course, having said that, that's a long way from saying I see the solution for Syria."
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WNU Editor: I hope he is right.