US senator Rand Paul calls for declaration of war against ISIS - NYT

US Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky considered a leading presidential contender, addresses a crowd at a campaign rally for a colleague in Lousville earlier this month. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
US Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky considered a leading presidential contender, addresses a crowd at a campaign rally for a colleague in Lousville earlier this month. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US Senator Rand Paul, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, is calling for a formal declaration of war against ISIS militants who control parts of Iraq and Syria, the New York Times reported on Monday.

In an interview on Saturday, Mr Paul said his proposal would limit the duration of military action to one year and significantly restrict the use of ground forces, the Times said.

His proposal differs from others circulating in Washington in that he wants to formally declare war against ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), which Congress has not done since World War II, the newspaper said.

Some members of the US Congress have said US President Barack Obama is waging war against the Islamist militant group without proper congressional oversight.

The administration has said Mr Obama has the legal authority to conduct the current fight against ISIS. The campaign involves air strikes in Iraq and Syria, training and equipping so-called moderate rebels in Syria, and hundreds of US military advisers helping Iraqi and Kurdish troops against the militants.

Mr Paul said Congress had ceded too much authority to Obama because it had not developed its own policy, the Times said.

"War cannot be initiated without Congress," Mr Paul told the Times.

"Conservatives are mad at him about immigration. And they're mad about him using executive authority on Obamacare," he said. "But this is another example where he doesn't have much respect for Congress, and some conservatives don't quite get that."