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Chris Murphy

Murphy Says Deployment of Additional Special Ops Forces to Fight ISIS "A Mistake"

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, is highly critical of the Pentagon's plan to send additional special operations forces to Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS.

"Sending more U.S. ground troops is a mistake,'' Murphy said in a statement Tuesday. "Though tempting to try to make up the inadequacies of local forces with superior U.S. personnel, the slow build-up of U.S. combat soldiers inside Syria and Iraq risks repeating the mistake of the Iraq War – believing that extremism can be defeated by U.S. troops absent local political and military capacity."

Murphy's statement came in response to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter's announcement that the U.S. will...