Dem Rep Gabbard: US Special Ops ‘Are In Combat’ Against Islamic State

Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), an Iraq War veteran argued that US special forces “are in combat. They are on the front lines” in the fight against ISIS on Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead.”

Gabbard stated of US special operations forces, “[T]o me the idea that these special operations forces are not able to go after our enemy is kind of absurd to me.”

She added, “They are in combat. They are on the front lines. They’re supporting people who are there fighting to defeat ISIS, fighting to defeat al Qaeda, people who are our enemy. The important question here in the area where I have concern is if the mission for our special operations forces are not clear. In particular, in Syria, it would be absolutely wrong and counterproductive, and a disservice if our special operations forces are being sent on missions to support and to fight to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad.”

Earlier, Gabbard said that Iraqi forces are “making gains in the right direction.”

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