Support among Americans for using US troops to combat Islamic State (IS) is growing, a new survey by the Pew Research Center shows.
Forty-seven percent of respondents said they favor using US troops against the militant Islamic group, an increase of 8 percentage points from the early months of the anti-IS campaign in October.
Nearly half, 49 percent, are opposed to such a move, a drop of 6 percentage points, The Hill, a Washington newspaper, reported.
The survey comes as the White House and Congress wrestle over President Barack Obama’s request to use military force against IS, and as administration officials consider their next steps to combat the terrorist group before a spring offensive by Iraqi troops to take back the city of Mosul.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, when discussing Obama’s proposal, that some US troops could be embedded with Iraqi soldiers overnight but not “for weeks and weeks of combat”.
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