Obama submits Congress draft to go to war with Daesh

Published February 11th, 2015 - 02:16 GMT

US President Barack Obama is seeking permission from Congress to fight ISIS (Daesh) because Obama said the terrorist organization poses a "grave threat" to the United States, according to The New York Times. 

The new draft suggests heightened American involvement in the Syrian conflict, shortly after the US got involved with the international airstrike campaign September. But it still has limitations, prohibiting the use of "enduring offensive ground forces" in Syria and capping the engagement to three years.

It's a move the White House hopes will placate skeptics about Obama's plans regarding Daesh, The New York Times reported. The draft also marks the first time since the Iraqi War in 2002 that Congress has been asked to vote on authorizing a president to move forward with military action.

The New York Times said Obama will likely face pushback from Democrats who want stricter limitations on presidential power to wage a war, as well as from Republicans who don't trust his strategy against Daesh. 

More than 210,000 Syrians have been killed, and half of the population displaced, since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad started in 2011.

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