Obama: I Have Authority For IS Campaign

September 9, 2014 by staff 

Obama: I Have Authority For IS Campaign, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Tuesday he has the authority he needs to launch a broader military campaign to root out violent extremists in Iraq and Syria, a day before outlining his plans to the American people in a prime-time address.

The White House said the president told lawmakers he still would welcome action from Congress that “would aid the overall effort and demonstrate to the world that the United States is united in defeating the threat from ISIL.” That could take the form of specific authorization to fund countert*rror*sm efforts, as well as to train and equip more moderate elements of the opposition to the Bashar Assad government in Syria.

The president’s broader strategy to confront the Islamic State militants may also include more wide-ranging airstrikes against targets in Iraq and possibly in Syria. Obama has also sought military and political commitments from Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.

“The president believes this is a high national security priority,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

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