U.S. defense leaders back congressional war authorization vote

U.S. Defense Secretary Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps General Dunford Jr., testify before House Armed Services Committee in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the top U.S. military officer, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, said on Tuesday Congress should debate and vote on a formal authorization to use military force against Islamic State. Both told a House of Representatives hearing such a vote would aid the fight against the Islamist group, which has seized swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, although they stressed they did not feel the administration was legally required to obtain such an authorization.

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