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Senators: More US special ops troops may be needed in Yemen

January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. special operations forces to hotspots around the Middle East.

The suggestion by Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a direct challenge to the president, who has said he doesn’t want to increase the U.S. military presence in Yemen despite the deteriorating security condition in that country.

McCain, who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Feinstein tell CBS TV’s “Face the Nation” that special operations forces in particular may be necessary to blunt Iranian influence in various spots in the region.

Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the U.S. needs more human intelligence in the region and not to rely so heavily on intelligence gathered by technical means.

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