Week After Bombing Syria, Biden Hints at Readiness to Replace Bush-Era Mideast Strike Authorisations

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The Biden administration carried out its first act of military aggression abroad last week, blasting facilities in eastern Syria “in response” to the 15 February rocket attack on US forces in Erbil, Iraq allegedly carried out by Iraqi militia group Kata’ib Hezbollah and/or its allies. The militia denied responsibility for the Erbil attack.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has indicated that the Biden administration would be willing to “work with” Senate lawmakers to repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorisations for the use of force against Iraq.

“Tim Kaine has been a leader on questions of war powers throughout his time in the Senate and has helped build a strong bipartisan coalition that understands the importance of Congress’s constitutional prerogatives,” the spokeswoman added, referring to the Democratic Virginia lawmaker who is cosponsoring the Senate bill.

Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s former running mate in the 2016 presidential campaign, joined Republican Indiana Senator Todd Young in reintroducing a bill in the Senate aimed at limiting Biden’s ability to use military force in Iraq on Wednesday. The proposed legislation would repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorisations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs) which presently allow the president to attack Iraq without any input from Congress.

“Last week’s airstrikes in Syria show that the Executive Branch, regardless of party, will continue to stretch its…

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