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Ex-Obama adviser: US is headed for deeper involvement in Iraq, Syria

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Donilon said U,S. going to become more deeply involved in both Iraq and Syria
Donilon said U,S. going to become more deeply involved in both Iraq and Syria
The Hill, Jan 26, 2016 -The U.S. is headed toward deeper military involvement in Iraq, Syria and Libya to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, according to President Obama's former national security adviser Tom Donilon. 
"My own judgment is ... we're going to become more deeply involved in both Iraq and Syria going forward here to address the challenge," Donilon said at a Politico event Monday evening.
Donilon, who served as national security adviser between 2010 and 2013, said U.S. forces are "going to have to become deeply involved" in helping Iraqi security forces retake Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq.
He also said he thinks U.S. forces will become "fairly deeply involved" in retaking Raqqa, ISIS's declared capital in Syria.
The U.S. will also have to look at direct military action in Libya, he added.
"The major approach would be to intensify our building up Iraqi security forces and other forces we're building in Syria, but also taking direct action. We are pretty skilled in this area," he added.

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