Top US military commanders have told President Barack Obama they will require more US combat troops on the ground in Iraq in order to defeat the ISIL terrorist organization, according to a US lawmaker.

 According to Press TV, US Representative Buck McKeon, a Republican from California and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the generals in charge of the new US-led war in Iraq were insisting on a ground invasion of the country.

McKeon said on CNN, “Our military commanders ... have all laid out scenarios where we need more troops,” adding, “I would suggest that he listens to his military leaders.”

Obama has been clashing with the Pentagon for several weeks over the issue of deploying ground troops to Iraq to confront ISIL.

The president has already sent about 1,600 military personnel and special operation soldiers to what he calls “assist and advise” the Iraqi military in pushing back the terrorist group.

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