House votes to limit Trump's power to hit Iran militarily

Spain withdraws a dozen NATO soldiers in Iraq over security concerns

During the House consideration of the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act, she introduced an amendment to strike a provision within the bill that she said "provided a blank check to the Administration to go to war with Iran" without any authorization or declaration of war from Congress.

Speaking to reporters after the briefing, GOP Senator Mike Lee said it was the "worst briefing" he had seen on a military issue, adding that it had been "insulting and demeaning".

Rounds emphasized, "We do not, as a nation, seek war with Iran".

"I know Senators Lee and Paul care about this a great deal and protect the prerogatives of the executive branch", Pompeo said.

"I think there's there's always mixed reviews on these things", said O'Brien.

A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) as warned that Iran will take "harsher revenge soon" following the missile strikes claimed by the IRGC at two U.S. bases in neighbouring Iraq in response to the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad last week.

Lee told NPR that his frustration was not over Soleimani's killing, but over what he described as an unwillingness by administration officials to discuss "the possibility of future military action against Iran".

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, erupted in anger, telling reporters that Trump officials "were unable or unwilling to identify any point" at which they'd come to Congress for authorization for the use of military force.

Asked if it was risky to let Iran "take the shot", Mr. "But we made certain in this case that Congress was made aware of the military operation against Soleimani immediately after it happened". But the administration has yet to publicly disclose the intelligence that showed a threat was "imminent".

Without elaborating, O'Brien said possible targets of the attack included "Both diplomats and soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines".

Number two, our troops in Iraq are no longer focusing on preventing a resurgence of ISIS and Al-Qaeda, instead all of their efforts are now focused on Iranian forces and Iranian-backed Shia militias.

"But we also made it very clear that as President Trump said in his tweets and [in] statements that any loss of American lives would be met with strong repercussions", he said.

On Tuesday, Iran launched a dozen ballistic missiles at bases housing US forces. No casualties were reported, but the back-and-forth led to fears that Tehran and Washington were on the verge of a full-scale war.

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