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Obama to send his new war powers request to Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is expected -- as early as Tuesday -- to ask Congress to approve new war powers, sending Capitol Hill his blueprint for an updated authorization for the use of military force to fight the Islamic State group.

Haggling then begins on writing a new authorization to battle the Sunni extremists, who have seized territory in Iraq and neighboring Syria and imposed a violent form of Sharia law.

That will lead to the first war vote in Congress in 13 years -- one of the most important votes faced by members of the House and Senate.

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