Today, Thursday, the US House of Representatives endorsed repealing the authorization to use military force granted to the president since 2002, which allowed the war on Iraq during the era of the late President Saddam Hussein, in a decision that requires congressional approval to become effective, but its “impact (will be) limited” on the current operations. .
268 lawmakers voted in favor of repeal, against 161 against . Almost all Democrats support repealing the mandate, while most Republicans oppose it. For the repeal to take effect, the measure would have to be endorsed by the Senate, where the prospects are more murky. Read also US concern about drone attacks by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq Amid concern about drone attacks, the US is divided over the complete withdrawal from Iraq The New York Times: Iran’s proxies in Iraq threaten US forces with more advanced weapons تطور Washington and Baghdad agree to redeploy coalition forces outside Iraq
For his part, the leader of the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer, said that “the current operations are being carried out within the framework of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force issued in 2001, which authorizes the use of force against some terrorist groups.”
This text was issued after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and was originally approved to confront Al-Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden, and it does not specify a time limit or a geographical scope for US military operations.
The Pentagon bases its foreign operations on this law, in force since 2001, to launch military campaigns around the world.
The chances of repealing this provision in Congress seem less compared to that issued in 2002.
It seemed that the White House opened the way in a small and conditional way to repeal the 2001 text, without explicitly referring to it.
“Biden is determined to work with Congress to ensure that legacy authorizations for the use of military force are replaced with a narrow, specific framework that has been adapted to ensure that we continue to protect Americans in the face of terrorist threats,” the administration statement said.
“As the administration works with Congress to reform both authorizations for the use of military force, it will be necessary to maintain clear authority to respond to threats to American national interests with decisive and effective military action,” the White House said.
It is noteworthy that since 2014, Washington has led an international coalition to combat the Islamic State, which took over a third of the area of Iraq at the time. About 3,000 coalition soldiers are still deployed in this country, including 2,500 Americans, in several military bases in different provinces.