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Senate Votes to Repeal Iraq War AUMFs – News From

Posted by M. C. on March 30, 2023

The repeal would be a symbolic move as the 2001 AUMF for Afghanistan is used today to justify US wars in the Middle East and Africa

by Dave DeCamp

The Senate on Wednesday voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that was used for the invasion of Iraq and the 1991 AUMF that was passed for the Gulf War.

The bill passed in a vote of 66-30 and now heads to the House. Repealing the Iraq war AUMFs is largely a symbolic move as the 2001 AUMF passed to invade Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks is used to justify wars today.

The 2002 Iraq AUMF was most recently cited by the Trump administration in 2020 when it killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad. But since then, President Biden has cited Article II of the US Constitution to justify airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, claiming they were launched in “self-defense” of US forces illegally occupying Syria.

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