Obama Administration's Proposed AUMF against the Islamic State: Some Immediate Takeaways [February 19, 2015]   [open pdf - 55KB]

In the context of this document, AUMF refers to authorization for the use of military force. "For several months, the United States has been engaged in offensive airstrikes against the Islamic State (sometimes referred to as ISIS [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] or ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant]) in Iraq and Syria. On February 11, 2015, President Obama submitted draft legislation to Congress that would authorize military force against the Islamic State for three years, and repeal one of the existing legal authorities that has been cited by the Administration in support of current U.S. operations. The draft legislation has been the subject of differing opinions among Members of Congress, particularly regarding the scope and effect of the proposed authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), and its relationship with existing legal authorities cited by the Administration in support of current operations against the Islamic State. This post provides a brief overview of the Administration's legal justification for current operations, briefly describes the draft AUMF, and addresses some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the proposed legislation's legal effect."

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CRS Legal Sidebar, February 19, 2015
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