The U.S. and allies are discussing the possibility of deploying ground forces from Arab nations to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a top Republican lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee.

“At the current time there are no Arab-country forces on the ground in either Iraq or Syria. There are discussions on how to do that but right now it’s the Kurds or the Peshmerga that are fighting,” said Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) in an interview Tuesday with The Hill.

Wittman recently returned from a trip with fellow Republican lawmakers to Qatar, Jordan and Afghanistan, where they met with U.S. military commanders, troops and foreign leaders including Jordanian King Abdullah II, who is scheduled to visit the White House and Capitol Hill next week. […]