In a historic move, the US House of Representatives voted to repeal the law that authorised former President George W Bush to invade Iraq.
The 268-161 vote was described as a historic step that will help end America’s “forever wars”.
“Let’s be clear: US military operations carried out under the 2002 AUMF officially concluded in 2011 and this authorization no longer serves any operational purpose. As long as it remains on the books, the law is susceptible to further abuse by any President,” Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who introduced the resolution, said in a statement.
“Now is the time for bold action to end our forever wars. We must seize this opportunity to reassert Congress’s Constitutional authority on matters of war and peace.”
The measure now heads to the Senate to be later signed by President Joe Biden to become a law.
The former US President George Bush invaded Iraq after obtaining an
authorisation from Congress to topple Saddam Hussein and prevent Iraq from obtaining weapons of mass destruction.
The Obama administration later withdrew most US forces from Iraq after revealing that Bush administration’s pretext for invading Iraq was baseless.