Date
25 September 2017
Barack Obama gestures during a news conference at the White House on November 5, a day after Republicans seized control of the Senate. Photo: Reuters
Barack Obama gestures during a news conference at the White House on November 5, a day after Republicans seized control of the Senate. Photo: Reuters

Obama to seek new authorization for Islamic State fight

US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he will seek new authorization from the Congress for the fight against Islamic State militants that is already underway in Iraq and Syria.

“The world needs to know we are united behind this effort and the men and women of our military deserve our clear and unified support,” Obama said at a news conference at the White House a day after mid-term elections that swept Republicans to a majority in the Senate.

“We now have a different type of enemy. The strategy is different, and how we partner with Iraq and other Gulf countries and the international coalition, that has to be structured differently,” Reuters quoted Obama as saying.

A new “Authorization to Use Military Force” is needed to reflect “not just our strategy over the next two or three months, but our strategy going forward,” he said, adding that he will discuss the matter with Democratic and Republican leaders at a meeting on Friday.

Some members of both parties have said fresh congressional authority was needed to cover the air campaign against the Islamist militants and the teams of military advisers sent to Iraq to help rebuild the country’s armed forces.

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