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Trump administration: Troops can stay in Iraq, Syria indefinitely

U.S. President Donald Trump has the legal authority to keep U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria indefinitely, Pentagon and State Department officials said in a pair of letters released this week.

The letters detail the Trump administration’s plan for an open-ended mission for U.S. forces, beyond the fight against the Islamic State group. The letters — first reported by The New York Times — were to Virginia Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine, an advocate for a replacement for the post-9/11 war authorizations for the use of military force.

The letters come amid various efforts from congressional Republicans and Democrats to have Congress approve a new authorization, or AUMF. Kaine and other critics argue the White House’s use of authorizations from a decade and half ago is a legal stretch. He called on Trump to seek a new authorization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In point of fact, Trump does not have that legal authority. There has been no official declaration of war by the US Congress against either Iraq or Syria and no no UN Security Council resolution against Syria. The original Bush AUMF was based on a fraud (weapons of mass destruction) and because fraud negates consent, that AUMF is null and void.