Obama to ask Congress to approve force against ISIS

2014-11-06 07:25
President Barack Obama. (Brendan Smialowski, AFP)

President Barack Obama. (Brendan Smialowski, AFP)

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Washington - President Barack Obama says he wants to work with Congress on a new authorisation to use military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

Obama says the world needs to know the United States is united behind the effort. He says members of the US military deserve their government's clear support.

Previously, the White House has cited Congress' 2001 authorisation to wage war on September 11 attacks as legal grounds for its airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. The Obama administration has also cited the invitation from Iraq's leader for the US to strike ISIS targets there.

Passing a new authorisation would mark a new chapter for US military engagement in the Middle East.

Obama spoke the day after elections, in which his Democratic party suffered heavy losses and Republicans seized the Senate.
Read more on:    isis  |  barack obama  |  iraq  |  us  |  syria  |  security

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