WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – President Obama may soon ask Congress for a new authorization to use military forces against the Islamic State.
It was confirmed Tuesday that an American hostage had died while in ISIS captivity. ISIS claims Kayla Mueller died in an airstrike, launched by the Jordanians. The White House said ISIS is still responsible because they held her against her will.
The U.S. has been involved in airstrikes, but President Obama’s request would involve a 3-year war, with restrictions on combat troops on the ground. The only exception could be search and rescue missions.
Professor George Michael of Westfield State University told 22News, “People want something to be done, but I think there’s really major reluctance to committing ground troops to that war. But at the end of the day, that’s probably going to be necessary to ultimately defeat the Islamic State.”
Professor Michael said people should expect to see the White House reveal more details very soon.