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Highlights of Obama’s request for military force against IS

February 11, 2015

President Barack Obama is proposing an authorization for military force against the Islamic State that would:

— target the Islamic State and associated persons or forces, defined as those fighting with the Islamic State “in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners;”

— provide no geographic limits on the battle;

— limit ground troops by banning “enduring offensive ground combat operations;”

— expire after three years unless renewed by Congress;

— repeal a 2002 authorization for force in Iraq but maintain a 2001 authorization against al-Qaida in Afghanistan. Obama says his goal is to refine and ultimately repeal that authorization as well.

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