A day after the White House confirmed the death of 26-year-old female American aid worker Kayla Mueller at the hands of terror group ISIS, US president Barack Obama submitted a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State.
Obama who has time and again vowed to “degrade and defeat” the ISIS, made a strong case for the authorisation of military force against the group, saying, “This is a difficult mission, and it will remain difficult for some time. But our coalition is on the offensive, ISIL is on the defensive, and ISIL is going to lose”.
However, Obama stuck to his prior stance of “no US boots on the ground”, saying that the deployment of US ground combat forces was not necessary to defeat the ISIS.
Obama reiterated that being dragged into another war was not in US interest and hence the resolution does not call for deployment of US ground troops in Iraq and Syria.
Obama said that the “resolution strikes the necessary balance by giving us the flexibility we need for unforeseen circumstances”.
The resolution calls for a systemic and sustained campaign of airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria that will include:
- Support and training for local forces on the ground, including the moderate Syrian opposition.
- Preventing ISIL attacks, in the region and beyond, including by foreign terrorist fighters who try to threaten our countries.
- Regional and international support for an inclusive Iraqi government that unites the Iraqi people and strengthens Iraqi forces against ISIL.
- Humanitarian assistance for the innocent civilians of Iraq and Syria, who are suffering so terribly under ISIL’s reign of horror.
Talking about the success of the US-led anti-ISIS mission, Obama said that they had launched some 2000 air strikes, which has deeply impacted the ISIS, which is “going to lose”.
Obama’s draft resolution to the Congress for AUMF (authorisation of military force) comes just days after the ISIS claimed that 26-year-old US aid worker Kayla Mueller was killed in Jordanian air strikes.
Obama added that by staging barbaric executions ISIS wanted to “strike fear in the hearts of people it can never possibly win over by its ideas or its ideology”.