US: House Votes to Repeal 2002 Authorisation of War in Iraq
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US: House Votes to Repeal 2002 Authorisation of War in Iraq

ERBIL - The US House of Representatives on Thursday voted to repeal the 2002 law of war in Iraq, a move believed to help the country to end its "forever wars" in the Middle East.

The House passed the measure by a 268-161 margin, with forty-nine Republicans joining them and all but one Democrat supporting it.

The Democrats-controlled Senate is now expected to adopt the bill before it is signed by President Joe Biden to become a law.

Biden has expressed his support for the House bill to repeal the authorization of war in Iraq while his Office of Management and Budget said this week that "the United States has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis, and repeal of the 2002 AUMF would likely have minimal impact on current military operations."

The vote was also commended by progressive congress members, considering it a victory in the push to avoid military confrontations and reign in presidential war powers.

Following a US airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iran's former top commander, Qassem Soleimani in January 2020, the House voted to repeal the measure as the Trump administration cited the authorization measure as the legal basis for the airstrike despite the fact that the bill had not been passed by the Senate, which was then held by the Republicans.