PressTV-No need for Congress approval to stay in Iraq, Syria: US

The administration of US President Donald Trump says it needs no legal authorization from Congress to indefinitely keep American military forces deployed in Syria and Iraq, even in territories that have been cleared of terrorist fighters, according to two newly published letters written by the Pentagon and State Department.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had hinted the plan in a speech last month, saying that US troops would be in Syria to contain Iran and Russia who are fighting Daesh terrorists in Syria, and also to prevent the Syrian government from taking-back terrorist-held areas of the country.

Democrat Senator Tim Kaine to whom the letters were addressed sharply criticized the administration’s reasoning and said in a statement that Trump risks “acting like a king by unilaterally starting a war.”

The deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, David Trachtenberg, wrote the letters to Kaine, who had inquired the Trump…

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