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The Monitor's View The law that has a soldier’s back

As the US military hits out at new targets – Iran, Syria, and various terrorist groups – Congress must renew the legal authority for such actions. Soldiers must know that Americans support an agreed strategy. And foes must know of US resolve. 

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In at least five countries, American military personnel are on the ground battling terrorists. In March, the Trump administration threatened a preemptive strike on North Korean nuclear facilities. In April, it launched missiles against Syria for its use of chemical weapons. And in recent days, the United States has shot down Iranian drones and a Syrian fighter jet, creating a potential flashpoint with Russian forces.