US Senate votes to limit Trump’s war powers against Iran


US President Donald Trump speaking during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US [File: Tom Brenner/Reuters]
US President Donald Trump speaking during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US [File: Tom Brenner/Reuters]

The United States Senate backed legislation on Thursday to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran, rebuking the president after a strike against an Iranian military commander and Tehran’s retaliation last month raised fears of broader regional conflict.

As voting continued, the vote was 51-44 for the war powers resolution, which would require Trump to remove US troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or passes a specific authorisation for the use of military force. Trump has promised a veto.

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