Obama Seeks Congress Nod to Use Force Against ISIS

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

President Obama is seeking Congress support to use force against ISIS because the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve to combat ISIS terrorism has proved to be ineffective.

By Rakesh Raman

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama called on Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (which is an American term for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS).

“We are 15 years into this new century — 15 years that dawned with terror touching our shores — that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars. Tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in Afghanistan is over,” he said.

However, the threat from ISIS has been mounting against the U.S. and its coalition partners. Today, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in London to consult with the United Kingdom and other Counter-ISIL Coalition partners on the shared efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL (or ISIS).

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Obama is seeking Congress support to use force against ISIS because the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve to combat ISIS terrorism has proved to be ineffective.

It’s becoming extremely difficult for the U.S. and its allies to check the violent strides of ISIS. A couple days ago, in a new offensive against Japan – which had recently offered financial support to the group of countries fighting against ISIS – the terrorist outfit sent a threat message to kill two Japanese hostages.

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In a video posted on social media on Tuesday, a masked ISIS executioner demanded $200 million from Japan for releasing the hostages saying it’s a revenge against Japan’s support to coalition partners that are attacking ISIS. It has given Japan 72 hours to pay the ransom.

Plus, ISIS is now planning to enter Europe after capturing large territories in Iraq and Syria. Recently, ISIS told a visiting German author Jürgen Todenhöfer that it has already planned to move beyond Iraq and Syria in order to expand its regime. And its next target will be Europe.

By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company

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