Former senior intelligence official: US should consider 'attack helicopters, special-op forces and drones'

A former senior intelligence official who worked in Iraq from 2003-2009 has said the US should be considering using 'attack helicopters, special-op forces and drones' in response to the crisis in the country.

Derek Harvey told ITV News that the debate in the US "should be considering a range of things from providing air power, drones and intelligence assistance".

He added: "At the larger end of the spectrum I would hope there is some consideration of putting in some joint task force, that might include some aviation rotary wing assets - both attack helicopter and transportation, along with some special operations forces, intelligence packages."

He added that this would also require medical support and med evac capabilities.

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