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Bush: More U.S. troops to Middle East



CHARLESTON, S.C. (Associated Press) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday called for the U.S. to send more troops to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State.

"This is the war of our time," Bush said at the Citadel five days after Islamic State militants attacked Paris and killed 129 people.

"The United States, in conjunction with our NATO allies and more Arab partners, will need to increase our presence on the ground," he added. He offered no specifics, but said the number of Americans sent to the region should be, "in line with what our military generals recommend - not politicians - will be necessary to achieve our objective."

The speech came as European nations hunted for conspirators in the attack and amid a fierce political debate within the U.S. over whether to limit or halt the resettlement of refugees surging fleeing war-ravaged Syria.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 1:51pm]


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