Back in Iraq? What You Need to Know

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  • Airstrikes
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  • American troops returning from Iraq
  • Kurds
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  • Hillary Clinton
  • James Foley
  • Chuck Hagel
  • Paul Ryan
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  • Barack Obama
  • Babara Lee
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  • Steven Sotloff
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  • Joe Biden
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  • Bennie Thompson
  • Tim Scott
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  • ISIL
  • Iraq

Is Obama Legally Authorized to Authorize Airstrikes?

"We believe the president has the authority under the Constitution as commander-in-chief to direct these actions, which are consistent with this responsibility to protect U.S. citizens and to further U.S. national security and foreign policy interests. Specifically, the protection of U.S. personnel and facilities is among his highest responsibilities as commander-in-chief, and given the threats that we see on the periphery of Erbil, he has authorized the use of targeted military action," a White House official speaking on background told reporters on a conference call. "Similarly, we believe that there is an urgent humanitarian challenge that further poses a threat to U.S. interests."


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