Tillerson asked Congress full freedom of action against terrorists

U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson called on Congress to allow the White house to the unlimited use of force against terrorists.

In his opinion, a new authorization to use military force should not be constrained by geographic borders.

«As in the situation with the current resolution, the administration will need to have the mandatory permission to use military force against an enemy that does not respect boundaries and does not limit itself to their implementation», — said the Secretary of state at the Senate hearings.
However, according to Tillerson, the administration opposes the cancellation of the existing permits, which are issued after the September 11 attacks in 2002 on the eve of the Iraq war. A similar position was expressed by the Minister of defence James Mattis.

The Secretary confirmed that the administration does not have congressional authorization to use military force against the DPRK.

Tillerson also said that American troops will remain in Iraq until, «until you win IG*».

US presidents periodically ask the Congress for permission to use military force, but often do without that. In addition, there is a practice of broad interpretation of these permissions — so the fight against the terrorist group «Islamic state»* is based on the permissions given to military action against «al-Qaeda»* and the government of Iraq headed by the then President Saddam Hussein.


*A terrorist group banned in Russia.

RIA Novosti


Tillerson asked Congress full freedom of action against terrorists 31.10.2017

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