“I welcome the president’s proposed resolution… and urge Congress to pass it,” Hagel said expressing his support for President Obama’s proposed military resolution for US military force against the Islamic State. "Given the nature of our adversary and the complexity of our ongoing campaign, I urge Congress to avoid any undue restraints on the commander in chief's choices in the effort to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL."
The current draft as it stands reflects important input from Congress, according to Hagel, and gives the Defense Department the support and flexibility needed in military exercises against Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The work with Congress on getting the resolution passed however is far from over, Hagel said.
Proposed document approves limited ground operations against the 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.