Obama seeks war authorization from Congress to fight Islamic State

February 11, 2015 2:17 PM

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Obama seeks war authorization from Congress to fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has sent Congress his text for an authorization to use military force in the campaign against Islamic State, limiting operations against the militants to three years and barring use of U.S. troops in "enduring offensive ground combat."

According to the text, obtained by Reuters, Obama also wants to repeal the 2002 measure that authorized the Iraq war. But his proposal leaves in place a 2001 authorization, passed shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, for a campaign against al Qaeda and its affiliates.

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