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DoD’s Stephen Preston: Obama Seeks Use-of-Force Authorization for Islamic State Fight

PentagonStephen Preston, general counsel at the Defense Department, has said that President Barack Obama wants a new authorization to enforce use of military force in the U.S. fight against Islamic State terrorists, DoD News reported Monday.

Jim Garamone writes Preston told a forum in Washington that the U.S. has used the AUMF law since 2001 to fight al-Qaida and affiliates in the Middle East.

He told the audience that President Obama asked Congress to adapt AUMF language to reflect the current fight and the U.S.’ national security strategy going forward.

“Enacting the president’s proposed AUMF will show our fighting forces, the American people, our foreign partners and the enemy that the president and Congress are united in their resolve to degrade and defeat ISIL,” Preston added, according to DoD News.

He also noted the U.S. conducts military operations against the Islamic State organization in accordance with domestic and international laws.

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