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    US Senators Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine introduced on Thursday a bill to update the Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for actions against terror groups, including Daesh.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The revised AUMF explicitly authorizes military force against Daesh, al-Qaeda and the Taliban, which are all outlawed in Russia. Those powers would expire after five years if not renewed by the US Congress.

    "Most members of Congress were not yet elected when the debate and vote on the 2001 AUMF took place and it is time for this Congress to fulfill its duty by putting its stamp on the current fight and to reaffirm its commitment to defeating ISIS [Daesh], Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban," Kaine stated.

    Other provisions would give Congress more oversight of the president's powers, including the ability to determine what groups can be considered associated with the three named groups, and whether military action can be expanded beyond Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

    The 2001 AUMF was passed in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and provided then-President George W. Bush the authority to target any person, nation or organization that planned or aided the attacks.

    Flake and Kaine's bill would repeal the 2001 authorization, which has been used to justify US military action anywhere in the name of fighting terrorism.

    The two lawmakers introduced a similar bill in 2015 to lay out former President Barack Obama's powers to engage in Syria.

    Earlier, President Donald Trump has tasked the Defense Department to lead the 30-day review of the US strategy to defeat Daesh.

    US Department of Defense spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said earlier that Pentagon's reviewed stategy to crush Daesh may include a recommendation for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

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