July 10, 2017

Kaine Statement On Mosul And The Ongoing Fight Against ISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the recent Iraqi victory against ISIS in Mosul, Iraq:

“This is a significant victory for the Iraqi forces, with the support of our U.S. servicemembers. But the fight is far from over. As we consider next steps in the campaign against ISIS, including to prevent its resurgence in Mosul and other areas where we have had success, I remain concerned that Congress has been largely absent from the debate. It is high past time for Congress to vote on a new authorization for use of military force against ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban to ensure that our military has well-defined legal authorities and to show our troops – including those risking their lives in Iraq – that Congress is behind them.”           

Last month, Kaine and U.S. Senator Jeff Flake introduced a bipartisan AUMF against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al-Qaeda, and the Taliban.