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A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, in this U.S. Air Force handout photo taken early in the morning of September 23, 2014. (Reuters/U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew)

Bloomberg: Obama Under Pressure to Send U.S. Target Spotters to Iraqi Front

Islamic State’s seizure of Ramadi has revived a debate in the Obama administration about whether to send a limited number of U.S. military specialists to Iraqi battlefields to target airstrikes on the extremists.

The group’s advances in the capital of Anbar province have called attention to the limits of using U.S. airpower to support Iraqi government and Kurdish forces and local militias.

Conducting precision airstrikes that avoid civilian casualties is more difficult without spotters using laser designators and other tools to guide them, particularly in and around cities, said a State Department official who spoke under ground rules requiring anonymity.

WNU Editor: Two words sums up what is happening right now in regards to U.S. policy in the region .... "mission creep".

Update: Some are also pushing for this policy .... The Only ISIS Strategy Left for America: Containment (Dov S. Zakheim, National Interest).

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