Two Republican senators have called for Washington to nearly triple military force levels in Iraq to 10,000, and send an equal number of troops to Syria to fight Isis.

John McCain and Lindsey Graham criticised President Barack Obama’s strategic against Isis, which relies on air strikes and modest support given to support local ground forces in Iraq and Syria.

Both have said the attacks in Paris have underlined the need for greater US involvement in the Middle East.

“The only way you can destroy the caliphate is with a ground component,” said Mr Graham, who is seeking his party’s presidential nomination.

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