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Bipartisan senators want to authorize war against ISIS


For the second time two senators will attempt to have Congress approve military force against ISIS, CNN reports. 

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Sen. Jeff Flake, (R-Ariz.) introduced the Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIS, al Qaeda and the Taliban to Congress on Thursday. 

Both had attempted the same thing in 2015, according to CNN, but were not successful since the Obama administration said they already have the legal authority needed from the 2001 authorization from 9/11 and the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War. 

"When I voted in 2001 to authorize military force against the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks, I had no idea I would be authorizing armed conflict for more than 15 years and counting," Flake said according to CNN.  

If passed, the authorization would allow military operations around the world, with an explanation from the president to Congress if done outside of Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Somalia, CNN reported. It would also allow all operations against ISIS, al Qaeda and the Taliban, and other forces if defined to Congress. 

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