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US Senate committee approves three years of limited force against Islamic State

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US Senate committee approves three years of limited force against Islamic State
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In an attempt to redefine United States' war on terror, the Senate has passed a new authorisation for the use of military force against the Islamic State (IS) that would limit President Barack Obama's ability to use ground troops.

US Secretary of State John Kerry had pleaded this week in a personal appearance before the committee that although they do not want to use combat troops, the Congress should leave the option open in case of unforeseen circumstances, reported The Washington Times.

However, on a 10-8 party line vote, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed the narrower authorisation that has authorised up to three years of limited force against the IS, with no limitations on geography but with restrictions limiting use of ground troops except for emergency rescue or intelligence-gathering purposes.

Thursday's vote was largely symbolic, with Congress expecting to adjourn for the year by Friday without any floor votes on the resolution, the report said.

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