Congressional Conversations: Lynch On ISIS

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For our regular series of conversations with members of Massachusetts' Congressional delegation, we check in with Congressman Stephen Lynch. Congress is considering President Obama's formal request to authorize military action against the terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

It's a three-year military campaign that would avoid a large-scale invasion. Instead, it would allow "limited combat," such as rescue operations or the deployment of special operations forces against Islamic State leadership.

A campaign of air strikes against that group has been underway for the past six months, and if Congress complies, it would be their first authorization for use of force since lawmakers voted in 2002 to permit President George W. Bush to invade Iraq.


Stephen Lynch, congressman for Massachusetts’ 8th Congressional District and former candidate for the U.S. Senate. He tweets @repstephenlynch.

Jim Walsh, research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s security studies program. He tweets @DrJimWalshMIT.


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This segment aired on February 11, 2015.


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