Obama to Deliver Statement on Islamic State War Authorization Request

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US President Barack Obama will deliver a statement regarding the authorization to use US armed forces against the Islamic State (IS). Reportedly, the proposed document approves limited ground operations against the IS terrorists, such as rescue missions involving US or coalition personnel, but excludes long-term “enduring” combat.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday regarding the authorization to use US armed forces (AUMF) against the Islamic State (IS), the White House said in a press release.

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“In the afternoon, the President [Obama] will deliver a statement on the legislation he sent to Congress today to authorize the use of military force against ISIL,” the statement said.

On Wednesday, President Obama signed a message to the Congress with respect to draft legislation on the AUMF in connection with the IS, according to the White House.

Proposed document approves limited ground operations against the IS terrorists, such as rescue missions involving US or coalition personnel, but excludes “enduring” combat. The draft authorization is said to terminate three years after the date of the enactment.

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The United States started launching airstrikes against IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in Iraq in August. Since the establishment of an international anti-IS coalition by Obama in September, the strikes have been extended to Syria.

The Obama administration has relied on the use of force authorizations from 2001 and 2003 to legally justify US military strikes against IS targets in the two countries, where the extremists have proclaimed the establishment of an Islamic caliphate across areas under their control.

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