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Will Congress give Obama authorization?In yet another attempt to reinforce his administration's counter-ISIS strategy, President Barack Obama has determined that the United States needs a small contingent of U.S. ground personnel to enable the offensive capability of moderate Syrian opposition forces in northern Syria.Indeed, after nearly 8,000 airstrikes, the deployment of 3,300 U.S. personnel and the spending of $5 billion over the past 15 months of conflict, Obama continues to rely on a war resolution that was passed 14 years ago against the Al-Qaeda terrorist network, the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.The 1983 resolution that authorized U.S. participation in the Lebanese peacekeeping mission required the White House to renew its mandate with Congress after 18 months.Republican lawmakers understandably worry that a new, ISIS-specific authorization would limit the ability of the U.S. military to accomplish its mission. With the first deployment of U.S. personnel in Syria, Obama has once again opened up the debate that Congress has refused to have: whether to openly debate the U.S. strategy on its merits and vote to approve or disapprove the use of military force.
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