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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Sunday that United States troops are urgently needed in Iraq where the government remains “quite delusional” after years of political upheaval.

“If we’re to protect the gains we made against Islamic extremism, my Marines from Camp Pendleton and others are going to have to go back again,” Issa, a former Army captain, said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

“The fact is we’re already there. We’ve had to be there,” Issa said. He added that he recently returned from a trip to Iraq.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman added that there is “no question at all” that troops engaging in combat should be Iraqis, not Americans.

“All they need is our air support and our technical know-how and they will do it,” he said.

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