(March 12, 2020 / JNS) The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday to curb U.S. President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.
The vote tally to “terminate the use of United States Armed Forces for hostilities against” Iran unless Congress authorizes otherwise was 227-186.
The Senate passed the resolution last month 55-45. The measure now goes to Trump, who is expected to veto it.
The resolution passed Congress amid increased tensions between Washington and Tehran that escalated after the United States eliminated Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani Jan. 3 in Baghdad.
Iran retaliated to Soleimani’s death by launching missile strikes on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. soldiers, injuring 11 U.S. service members.
Meanwhile, two Americans and one British soldier were killed, and 12 others wounded, in a March 11 rocket attack against a U.S. military base in Iraq. Those responsible are believed to be Kata’ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades), an Iraqi Shia paramilitary group and part of the Popular Mobilization Forces supported by Iran.
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