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House Defeats Bill to Force Troops Out of Iraq, Syria

“The U.S. House of Representatives rejected legislation on Wednesday that would have forced President Barack Obama to pull all U.S. troops from Iraq and Syria as soon as one month from now,” Reuters reports, “but nearly one-third of the chamber voted for the measure.”  

“The House voted 288-139 to defeat the concurrent resolution, which would have required Obama to remove the troops within 30 days, or by the end of 2015 if the administration determined it was not safe to do so within the 30-day timeframe. The ‘yes’ votes were cast by 120 Democrats and 19 Republicans, while the ‘no’s’ came from 222 Republicans and 66 Democrats.”  

“The lawmakers said they hoped their introduction of the measure, allowed under the War Powers Authority, would lead to a broader debate on a formal authorization for the use of military force for the campaign against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria. Obama began air strikes against the militant group last August, but lawmakers have not yet debated or voted on an authorization for the conflict.”