Kerry: New flexible war powers needed to fight ISIS

2014-12-10 13:45
US secretary of state John Kerry. (Carolyn Kaster, AFP)

US secretary of state John Kerry. (Carolyn Kaster, AFP)

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Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry says a new congressional authorization for US military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) should not be limited to Iraq and Syria and should not bind President Barack Obama from ever deploying ground troops against the group if necessary.

Kerry spoke on Tuesday at a hearing on updating legal justifications for the current US military operations.

Obama is using congressional authorisations that former President George W Bush relied on after 11 September 20011, ones that critics say are a legal stretch at best.

Kerry says he doesn't think US military action will extend beyond Iraq and Syria, but that it would be a mistake to tell extremist militants that there are safe havens outside the two countries.
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