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Terror authorization: While Congress is asking questions about President Donald Trump’s latest military strikes in Syria, they are simultaneously preparing to wrestle with the United States’s role in a series of ongoing conflicts around the world in the 17-year-long war on terror.

  Two senators unveiled an updated war authorization Monday evening that would allow the president to extend the war on terror in places such as Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen where the U.S. is fighting terrorism groups, but it is also an effort to place new checks on the president in what has been an open-ended, multi-faceted conflict.

The new proposal, negotiated by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., is the latest attempt to modernize and replace the 2001 war authorization passed by Congress in the days following the September 11 attacks that launched a consistently expanding conflict with U.S.-designated terrorist organizations around the world. The prospects for passage through the House and Senate is unclear but Corker wants it to be brought up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before the end of April.

Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he’s not focused on opposition that might be coming from members of his party.

“I don’t really worry about much beyond having a successful mark up in committee, which has been difficult for years,” Corker said. Read more

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Terror authorization: While Congress is asking questions about President Donald Trump’s latest military strikes in Syria, they are simultaneously preparing to wrestle with the United States’s role in a series of ongoing conflicts around the world in the 17-year-long war on terror.

Terror authorization: While Congress is asking questions about President Donald Trump’s latest military strikes in Syria, they are simultaneously preparing to wrestle with the United States’s role in a series of ongoing conflicts around the world in the 17-year-long war on terror.