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Top US commander in Middle East creating plan for war on ISIS

Top US commander in Middle East creating plan for war on ISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - U.S. General Joseph Votel is in Jordan right now, to help create a plan for the war on ISIS.

The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East is taking battlefield tours looking for ways to speed up the fight against the terrorist organization.

Iraqi forces continue to fight to retake the self-proclaimed ISIS capital of Mosul.

Reports from top U.S. commanders predict both Mosul and Raqqa, two major ISIS strongholds, will be liberated in the next six months.

But the offensive may call for more U.S. military support in Iraq and Syria.

"I've been encouraged that if we need more we'll ask for more," Gen. Votel said.

The general says the plan to have local forces do the fighting with American forces filling in the gaps will not change, but in Iraq, nearly 500 American advisers are moving forward with Iraqi forces, putting them one step closer to the front lines.

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