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US House votes to repeal legal backing of military force in Iraq

WASHINGTON, June 17: The US House of Representatives voted on Thursday to repeal a military authorisation that gives legal backing for the use of force in Iraq. “Today’s historic vote is a turning point,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory W. Meeks said of the 2002 decision, which critics have argued is outdated. “I look forward to Congress no longer taking a back seat on some of the most consequential decisions our nation can make,” he said. Democrats and Republicans voted 268-to-161 in favour of the repeal, which reflects growing bipartisan for an end to post-9/11 authorisation to engage in hostilities in Iraq. The matter will now be moved on to the Senate, which is likely to also vote in favour of the repeal. Meanwhile, the Joe Biden administration has expressed its backing of the move, saying it would have “minimal impact on current military operations.” (KUNA)

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