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US Senate delays vote to revoke president's mandate that authorized war on Iraq

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has postponed a vote that was supposed to be taken to revoke the president's 20-year-old authorization to use military force, which authorized the war on Iraq, after Republican calls for a postponement until further consultations with diplomats and national security officials to study the impact of that. step.


Committee spokesman Joanne Buchon told Politico that Committee Chairman Bob Mendes had agreed to a request from several Republican members to postpone the vote on repealing the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which indicated that it was inappropriate. So far, it is clear when the vote will take place.


Five Republican members of the committee, including Senator Mitt Romney and Senator Mark Rubio, issued a letter calling on Mendes to postpone the vote, and that group is seeking public hearings of the secretaries of state and defense and outside experts, in addition to providing testimony in this regard from the Pentagon and diplomatic and intelligence officials.


“We must fully assess conditions on the ground, the implications of repealing the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Act on our friends, and how our enemies – including ISIS and Iran-backed militias – will react to that decision,” the letter said. Our military presence in the region, its potential legal ramifications, and the imminent withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan."


Last week, the US House of Representatives supported repealing the law by a large majority, and almost all Democrats support the repeal step, while most Republicans oppose it, and the measure must have the support of the Senate in order to activate the repeal.