WASHINGTON - A
Republican lawmaker says the battle against the Islamic State
group needs to have "an Arab face," even as the U.S.
leads airstrikes to help defeat the militant group.
Rep. Rob Wittman
of Virginia said he agrees with a comment made by King Abdullah II
while Wittman and other members of Congress were visiting Jordan
can help, but this effort needs an Arab face," said Wittman,
who chairs the readiness subcommittee of the House Armed Services
Abdullah a key ally in the fight against the Islamic State, which
has seized territory in battles across Syria and Iraq. Jordan is
one of five Arab nations participating in a U.S.-led airstrike
scheduled to hold talks with President Barack Obama at the White
House next week.
Arab and Muslim nations need to come together to combat
ISIS," Wittman said, using an alternate acronym for the
group. He spoke in a telephone interview after returning from a
five-day trip to Qatar, Afghanistan and Jordan.
the Islamic militant group a "formidable force," but
said the U.S. and its allies have made progress to degrade it.
alone are not enough to defeat the militants, he said. But Wittman
said he does not see a need for U.S. ground troops in Syria.
Obama this month
authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to
Iraq. That could more than double the total number of U.S. forces
other lawmakers on the trip were Republican Reps. Mike Coffman of
Colorado, Bill Flores of Texas and Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, as
well as Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa and Del. Madeleine
Bordallo of Guam.