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Mr. Cole submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was

referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Constitutional Authority Statement

 Not yet supplied


To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against the Islamic

State of Iraq and the Levant and its associated forces.

Whereas the terrorist organization referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and

the Levant and various other names (in this concurrent resolution

referred to as “ISIL”) has been systematically targeting, kidnapping,

and killing innocent men, women, and children throughout Iraq and Syria,

continues to expand its terror influence, and is responsible for recent

attacks in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and France;

Whereas foreign fighters, undeterred by the more than 60 nation coalition

operating against ISIL, continue to join the ranks of ISIL with the goal

of establishing a caliphate;

Whereas, on June 19, 2014, President Barack Obama stated that “ISIL poses a

threat to the Iraqi people, to the region and to U.S. interests”;

Whereas, on August 19, 2014, ISIL released a video of the beheading of an

American journalist, James Foley, and threatened to kill more Americans;

Whereas, on September 2, 2014, ISIL released a second video, of the beheading of

an Israeli-American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and again threatened to

kill more;

Whereas a Central Intelligence Agency assessment in September 2014 estimated

that ISIL can muster as many as 31,500 fighters in Syria and Iraq alone;

Whereas, on November 16, 2014, ISIL released yet another video of militant

“Jihadi John” standing over the severed head of former Army Ranger

Congressman Tom Cole

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