Feb 12 2015
GUEST: Stephen Zunes, a Professor of Politics and International Relation at the University of San Francisco, where he directs the program in Middle Eastern Studies.
President Obama made a formal request to Congress yesterday to authorize a three year military operation against Islamic State militants. Citing the brutal actions of ISIS against populations in Iraq, Syria, and Kurdish regions, and the various US citizens who were captured and killed, Obama asked for a broad mandate to, “use the Armed Forces of the United States as the President determines to be necessary and appropriate.” The proposed authorization did specify that it did not authorize “enduring offensive ground operations.”
Just a day earlier US officials had reviewed photographic evidence and concluded that 26-year old Kayla Mueller held hostage by ISIS, had been killed. Mueller became the fourth US citizen to be murdered by ISIS. She was captured while serving as an aid worker in Syria after volunteering in the West Bank with the Palestine-based International Solidarity Movement, and with African migrants in Tel Aviv.
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