Senate to reconsider Iraq, Afghanistan war authorizations

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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