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McCain after Niger hearing: "No doubt" ISIS threat growing

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., pauses before speaking to reporters. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Following a classified briefing with Pentagon officials on the Niger ambush, Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee, told reporters that although the briefing was "progress," he left it with 100 unanswered questions and still doesn't know why it took 48 hours to find the fourth fallen service member.

  • Be smart: McCain and Ted Cruz both said their assessment is "there's no doubt" there is a rising terrorism threat in Africa with the fall of ISIS in Raqqa, and Bill Nelson and Thom Tillis agreed the threat is metastasizing. Cruz said he left the meeting thinking there will "be a continued need for U.S. military presence in Africa," although there was no discussion about increasing the military presence.