Obama will seek authority to use force against ISIS

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – President Barack Obama is expected to soon make a big request to Congress: formally expand his authority to wage war on ISIS.

The proposal comes six months after the White House launched its first military action against the terror group.

The White House proposal would reportedly approve continued military operation against ISIS in the Middle East in the next three years.

It will call for limitations on U.S. combat troops on the ground but may allow search and rescue missions.

A major point of contention will be whether or not Americans will serve as ground troops.

When the mission started in August the White House stressed that President Obama already had the legal authority to authorize the mission even without congressional approval.

But lawmakers from both sides argued that they should be consulted first.

Meantime President Obama has confirmed that American ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller has been killed.

ISIS had previously claimed she had died in a Jordanian airstrike.

But U.S. authorities are still trying to determine when or how she was killed.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says he wants to win the war against ISIS for the sake of Mueller and the group’s other victims.

“The President’s got the right goal, which is to degrade and destroy this evil force that will attack our homeland soon if we don’t act,” said Graham. “You can’t do that without a larger American ground component assisting the Iraqis. But the real problem in degrading and destroying ISIL lies in Syria. ”

Authorizing the military mission against ISIS will be the first congressional war vote in 13 years.

It’s unclear if Congress will pass the measure since lawmakers are deeply divided on the issue.

One thing’s clear for U.S. officials, they are worried that ISIS followers are growing day by day. Authorities say the terror group now has allies forming in Egypt, Algeria and Afghanistan and that their influence is getting bigger than Al Qaeda’s ever had.

You can contact Henni Espinosa at henna_espinosa@abs-cbn.com and follow her on Twitter @henniespinosa for more information.

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  • Delia
    10 February 2015 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Amazing he asks Congress for the right to use U.S troops but he doesn’t ask about giving executive actions to illegals. How is he going to sell his plan since many of us get the feeling he really doesn’t want to fight “terrorists” since he doesn’t think “terrorists” exist at least in regards to Islamic religion.

    Obama can’t even say “Islamic Terrorism”. How can he possibly be expected to effectively combat them? Obama is an ISIS ally.

    Congress approving authority to use troops against ISIS is not the issue. The issue is over Congress granting additional manpower resources to a Clown- In-Chief who has all the organizational and leadership capabilities of Pee Wee Herman or Bozo The Clown , our excellent military does not deserve being placed under additional pressure from the petulant whims of one whose major skill set is based on demonstrated and ongoing incompetence.

    Due to the incompetence, arrogance, and denial of the clown-in-chief has done more than embolden our enemies, he has literally laid a golden footpath for them to follow. Time and again obutthole has told these muslim radicals who wish to kill Americans what he will NOT do. He has handcuffed our military or completely removed them from any theater of operations that could even contain them.
    NOW, the pretenter-in-chief has a ‘plan’.

    This hemorrhoid in the white house has been isis/isil best friend. I have no confidence in his leadership. This is a man that has stated “I have a pen & a phone”. The interpretation is “I will do whatever I want, and you can’t/won’t stop me”. Obama has no intention to use any Congressional “War Powers” authorization.

  • malaya bagumbayan
    11 February 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Is he really serious with this one? or is it optics and pogi points all over again? he is not on the ballot next year, is he? or he hit his head against something to wake up? Or it is to counter the fact that his attempts to denigrade Netanyahu by sending his team to work AGAINST Netanyahu’s campaign? Is he now ready to clearly identify ISIS/ISIL as terrorists and radical islam?

    WATCH what he says VERSUS what he DOES. . . . I still won’t believe him.

    He must want to divert attention because Keystone Pipeline will be on his desk . . . and SOON

  • Enigma
    12 February 2015 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Obamas Qoute: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

    Never forget that ISIS is his army. Obama is not a Christian.
    This was obvious to me when he said that the muslim prayers were the sweetest sound he ever heard.
    Like Hiller, Obama likes the Muslim Brotherhood and he does not care when muslims burn churches, hang priests and rape Christian women.
    In 2009, Obama demanded that the Holy Cross be covered at Georgetown University for his silly speech.
    Only a muslim would ask for something like that.

    Obama qoute: “Terrible things have been done in the name of Christ”! I’ve yet to hear him aknowledge: ‘barbaric things are, right now, today, being done in the name of Mohammed’… He has the audacity to praise Islam: Obama Throws Christ and Christians Under the Bus to Prop up Islam at Nat’l Prayer Breakfast.