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(Worthy News) - Trump administration officials say they are not seeking war with Iran but haven't ruled out using an old war powers act to hit the regime in the future.
Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee grilled State Department officials Wednesday on the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force, focusing heavily on Iran. The two laws have been used to fight terrorism and engage in operations in Iraq, respectively, for nearly 20 years. As tensions with Iran continue to rise, some lawmakers are concerned the 2001 AUMF could be used to circumvent Congress should the administration decide to strike Iran.
"[T]he administration has not, to date, interpreted either the 2001 or 2002 AUMF as authorizing military force against Iran, except as may be necessary to defend U.S. or partner forces as they pursue missions authorized under either AUMF," Marik String, the State Department's acting legal adviser, told the committee.
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