Obama to seek new authority for force against ISIS

An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) strike operations (U.S. Navy photo)

 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.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46