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Obama to seek new authority for force against ISIS

U.S. is already leading an aerial military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria

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President Barack Obama will ask Congress for new authority to use force against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) next week, congressional aides said on Thursday.

A House Democratic aide said lawmakers had been told they would receive the White House request next week.

And an aide to Senator Bob Corker told Reuters the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
expected Obama to send text of an authorization as soon as next week.

Earlier on Thursday, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said he expected Obama to seek congressional
authorization for using military force against ISIS soon and also called for speeding up assistance to Jordan.