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Continued: Obama again faces question of congressional authorization for possible Syria strikes

  • Article by: JULIE PACE , Associated Press
  • Last update: August 27, 2014 - 3:55 PM

Anthony Clark Arend, a government and foreign service professor at Georgetown University, said Obama could also argue that he was acting alongside Iraq in the interest of "collective defense." That theory would posit that the strikes in Syria are an extension of Iraq's request to the U.S. to help it fight the Islamic State.

Another possibility: Although the U.S. has said it will not coordinate with Assad, the Syrian dictator could give secret, back channel consent to American strikes. The U.S. has a similar arrangement with the Pakistani military for U.S. drone strikes there, even though Pakistani officials publicly condemn the American actions.

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