Highlights of Obama’s request for military force against IS
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.