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Obama to ask for authority to act against Islamic State

1 year 9 months 3 weeks ago February 05, 2015 Feb 5, 2015 Thursday, February 05 2015 February 05, 2015 2:55 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will ask Congress in the coming days for authority to use U.S. military force against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

But House Speaker John Boehner warns that it won't be easy to pass the measure. He says it will be up to Obama to rally support from lawmakers and the public. Boehner says, "This is not going to be an easy lift."

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says a time frame of three years is being discussed. But she says there isn't agreement yet on what geographic areas would be covered and what kinds of force could be used.

Pelosi also said she hopes Congress will repeal the 2002 congressional authorization for the war in Iraq but retain the 2001 authorization for military action in Afghanistan.

The developments come after Islamic militants released a grisly video of the murder of a Jordanian Air Force pilot by burning him alive. Pelosi also said that the U.S. should "move quickly" to steer military aid to Jordan, which has begun a stepped-up campaign against the militants, including a series of air strikes in Syria.

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