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Congress’s Conundrum: Obama’s ISIL War Authorization Request

By John Ubaldi
Contributor, In Homeland Security

After a 10-day break, Congress returns this week with the daunting task of articulating how the United States should proceed with the president’s Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

On Feb. 11, President Obama spoke to the nation and presented to Congress, seeking their approval for his authorization to use force against ISIS.

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Chuck Hagel: Syria Strategy Remains Unchanged

By John Ubaldi
Special Contributor to In Homeland Security

Amid reports of dissent inside the Obama administration regarding its Syria strategy, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, spoke before the House Armed Services Committee Thursday stating that “There is no change, and there is no different direction.”

Hagel continued his testimony saying, “The position of the United States remains that President Bashar al-Assad has lost the legitimacy to govern and that there is no purely military solution to the conflict in Syria.

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Proposal to Freeze Syrian Conflict Focuses on Threat of Terrorism

By Kylie Bull
Homeland Security Today

A proposal to “freeze” the Syrian conflict in the besieged city of Aleppo is gaining traction, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria confirmed on November 11 as he explained that the new plan, if successful, could form the basis of a wide-ranging peace proposal.
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