If passed, this joint resolution would authorize the U.S. to use military force against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (otherwise known as ISIS) in Iraq and Syria for three years.
It does not, however, authorize the use of ground forces in combat. The resolution reflects the President’s belief that local forces, rather than the U.S. military, should ultimately engage in ground combat with ISIL. Consequently, the resolution only authorizes U.S. military forces in search and rescue operations, intelligence collection, missions to enable air strikes, partner force enablement, and in direct action against ISIL leadership.
The resolution limits the deployment of U.S. military forces to Iraq and Syria, except for instances when military personnel must travel beyond these territories to train regional soldiers and fighters.