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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Senate to Reconsider Iraq, Afghanistan War Authorizations -- Sources: Corker pushes AUMF hearing on war authority -- By Adam Credo, The Washington Free Beacon

Afghan police and U.S. forces respond to a suicide car bomb attack on the Jalalabad-Kabul road in Kabul De. 27, 2013The Senate is getting set to reassess the country’s war authorization in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Senate insiders tracking the debate.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) will examine later this month the viability of repealing or replacing the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the winding down of these wars has led some to push for officially rescinding the war orders.

The hearing—which has not been publicly announced but is tentatively scheduled for May 21—could be the first step in a Congressional process to repeal or alter the military authorization for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which has seen a major surge in violence since U.S troops withdrew in 2011.

It would also send a firm signal that some in Congress are trying to fundamentally reframe the war on terrorism first launched by former President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.

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