WASHINGTON, December 10 (Sputnik) — The Authorized Use of Military Force (AUMF) that gives the US president the authority to use military force during times of conflict, should include a provision that would allow the United States to extend its fight against Islamic State (IS), despite a potential time limitation, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
During the hearing, Democratic Senator of New Jersey Robert Menendez expressed his concerns with having no time restrictions on the AUMF, and said that it should be limited to at least three years. Menendez added, that if the president needed more time to fight against IS, that he should ask Congress for permission.
Secretary Kerry stressed the need for Congress to provide a provision that would allow for an extension on the AUMF if there are time limitations on it and if IS is still a threat to the US at that time.
Lawmakers from both parties have argued that US President Barack Obama lacks legal authority to fight against IS, but need to vote on an AUMF by the end of the week that would further authorize the United States to fight against IS.
The IS, otherwise known ISIS or ISIL, has been fighting against the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, the group began extending its attacks into northern and western Iraq and declared a caliphate on the territories under their control. To fight the insurgency, a US-led international coalition of over 60 states is currently conducting airstrikes against IS targets both on Iraqi and Syrian territory.