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US Congressional committee allows use of force against ISIS

US Congressional committee allows use of force against ISIS
The Authorisation for Use of Military Force (AUMF) bill allows the president to use military force against ISIS for up to three years. “But (it) limits the activities of US Armed Forces from participating in ground combat operations except in defined circumstances,” said Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

AUMF passed by a vote of 10 to 8. This AUMF would also require a report on the comprehensive strategy for this campaign after 60 days and sunset the 2001 al-Qaeda AUMF after a period of three years enactment, unless it is reauthorized, he said. Earlier, secretary of state John Kerry appeared before the committee urging Senators to approve force authorization.

“We stand resolved to defeat ISIS,” he said. The state department said it continues to believe the Menendez draft AUMF text provides a reasonable basis for continued discussions. “As secretary Kerry indicated at this week’s hearing, the administration would like to continue to work with members to further refine the language,” an official statement said.
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