The Associated Press is reporting that President Barack Obama has asked Congress to formally authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State.
President Obama offered a draft resolution, stating the IS “poses a grave threat.” Obama’s three-page resolution calling for military force was obtained by the AP early Wednesday morning. The resolution would limit the war to three years with no limitations on where the U.S. military could chase the apparent terror threat. The language of the bill does not make it clear if ground troops are a possibility, however it bans “enduring offensive combat operations.”
The resolution would also put an end to the 2002 authorization for War in Iraq but would leave in place the authorization for war against al-Qaida in Afghanistan.
The news of escalated military conflicts come on the heels of a commander of the Islamic State in Pakistan, or Daish, claiming that his operations have been funded through channels in the United States.
Last month we reported that Yousaf al Salafi stated that he was being paid through banks in the United States to wage his war with the Islamic State. The Express-Tribune reported that a source close to an investigation into al Salafi confirmed that he “revealed that he was getting funding – routed through America – to run the organisation in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria.” The Commander claimed he was receiving $600 per individual who agreed to go to Syria. The report says these revelations were shared with Secretary of State John Kerry.
Whether President Obama will address the source of IS funding in his resolution remains to be seen.