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Ohio Sen. Portman says leaving Iraq made the fight against ISIS harder
The Ohio senator says the Obama administration should have left more support forces in the country

Sen. Rob Portman says more support troops would have made the fight against ISIS easier.
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Ohio Sen.Rob Portman -- who is considering a presidential run -- says the Obama administration must move quickly to stop ISIS, the extremist group that beheaded a second American journalist held captive in Syria yesterday. 

Portman says it may have helped if the administration had left more of a support presence in Iraq when troops were withdrawn during the president’s first term.

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"We need to move and move quickly and we’re already behind," Portman says. "I think we’re in a much worse situation than we would have been in had we kept in Iraq some intelligence, some special operatives and some trainers. I think we could have stopped them." 

ISIS has been operating in Syria and Iraq. Portman says he believes the group can be defeated without U.S. ground troops but says the U.S. must try to get the Iraqi army more engaged in the fight against ISIS and continue providing air support.

Unless stopped, Portman believes there will be more attacks.

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