Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla

Obama's 3-Year ISIS War Proposal Limits Ground Troops

President Obama has sent Congress a formal draft requesting use of force against ISIS. Notably, it bans "enduring offensive ground combat forces."

By Elizabeth Hagedorn | February 11, 2015

After five months of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, President Obama is now asking Congress to formally approve a war against ISIS. (Video via U.S. Central Command

This so-called AUMF, or Authorization for the Use of Military Force, sets up what's expected to be a drawn-out debate among lawmakers. (Video via The White House

Here are the big takeaways: It lasts three years, doesn't set geographical limits and includes a ban on "enduring offensive ground combat forces."  

Article Continues Below

That last part suggests large-scale ground troops are out of the question, but certain scenarios for boots on the ground, like rescue missions, are permissible. (Video via U.S. Department of Defense

The intentionally ambiguous language is designed to appease both hawkish Republicans who want the option for ground troops and war-weary Democrats who don't want an open-ended conflict.

So far, the White House had justified its war on ISIS using both a 2001 AUMF passed after the Sept. 11 attacks and a 2002 authorization for invading Iraq. The new resolution would repeal the 2002 AUMF.

President Obama is expected to deliver a statement on his proposal Wednesday afternoon.

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Coverage