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President Obama Asks Congress To Authorize Military Force Against ISIS

On Wednesday, President Obama sent a formal request to Congress to begin a three-year military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

This comes barely 24 hours after it was announced that Kayla Mueller, an American humanitarian held hostage by ISIS, had been killed while in captivity.

The proposal would allow the president to continue to conduct air strikes against ISIS, while also authorizing limited ground operations.

These operations could include everything from pursuing terrorist leadership on the ground to rescuing personnel. This is by no means a request for a full-scale invasion, however.

This is the first time in 13 years that an American president has requested Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

At present, there are two war powers resolutions (AUMFs) in place.

One pertains to 9/11 and allows the president to use military force against any person, group or nation that assisted in the attacks. The new proposal will not impact this for the time being.

Yet, it would replace the 2002 war powers resolution allowing use of force in Iraq.

President Obama sent a letter to Congress in conjunction with the request, stating:

The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses a threat to the people and stability of Iraq, Syria, and the broader Middle East, and to US national security.

It threatens American personnel and facilities located in the region and is responsible for the deaths of US citizens James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller.

If left unchecked, ISIL will pose a threat beyond the Middle East, including to the United States homeland.

Some members of Congress have already chimed in on this development on Twitter:




As Congress continues to debate the matter, President Obama spoke on his proposal at 3:30 pm on Wednesday. Here's what he had to say:

Citations: Obama Sends Letter to Congress Seeking Authorization of ISIS Fight (The New York Times), Letter from the President Authorization for the Use of United States Armed Forces in connection with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (The White House), As Obama requests military force a brief history of war power (PBS NEWSHOUR), To authorize the limited use of the United States Armed Forces against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (The White House)

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John Haltiwanger is the Senior Politics Writer at Elite Daily. He was born and raised in DC. John earned an MSc in International Relations from the Univ. Of Glasgow and a BA in History from St. Mary's College of MD. He loves life, and burritos.
John Haltiwanger is the Senior Politics Writer at Elite Daily. He was born and raised in DC. John earned an MSc in International Relations from the Univ. Of Glasgow and a BA in History from St. Mary's College of MD. He loves life, and burritos.

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