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The top US commander for the Middle East, General Joseph L. Votel, has said that more US troops might be needed to fight ISIS in Syria and push towards Raqqa.

“I am very concerned about maintaining momentum,” the head of the United States Central Command, told reporters, as quoted by CBS News.

He said local forces being supported by the US “don’t have as good mobility, they don’t have as much firepower, so we have to be prepared to fill in some of those gaps for them,” noting that such support may involve additional fire support capability and “a variety of other things” to help “offset some of the gaps.”


“It could be that we take on a larger burden ourselves,” he said. “That’s an option.”

He then went onto stress that the US did not want to takeover the fighting from anti-ISIS forces.