Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday added his voice to a growing chorus of concern and condemnation after President Joe Biden ordered an attack Thursday\u0026nbsp;on Iran-backed militants in eastern Syria without seeking congressional approval.\u0026nbsp;\u0022For far too long administrations of both parties have interpreted their authorities in an extremely expansive way to continue military interventions across the Middle East region and elsewhere.\u0022—Sen. Bernie SandersIn a statement, Sanders (I-Vt.) said he was \u0022very concerned\u0022 that the U.S. attack—which according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights killed 22 Iraqi Hezbollah and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces fighters—\u0022puts our country on the path of continuing the Forever War instead of ending it.\u0022\u0026nbsp;\u0022This is the same path we\u0026#039;ve been on for almost two decades,\u0022 said Sanders. \u0022For far too long administrations of both parties have interpreted their authorities in an extremely expansive way to continue military interventions across the Middle East region and elsewhere. This must end.\u0022\u0026nbsp;Sanders noted that \u0022in 2019 Congress passed the first War Powers Resolution in history to end U.S. participation in the war in Yemen,\u0022 and that lawmakers passed another resolution last year to prevent former President Donald Trump \u0022from starting a war with Iran.\u0022\u0026nbsp;\u0022These were important and historic steps by Congress to reassert constitutional authority over the use of force, and we must continue to built on these efforts,\u0022 Sanders said. \u0022Our Constitution is clear that it is Congress, not the president, who has the authority to declare war.\u0022\u0026nbsp;I am very concerned by last night’s strike by U.S. forces in Syria. The president has the responsibility to keep Americans safe, but for too long administrations of both parties have interpreted their authorities in an extremely expansive way to continue war. This must end. pic.twitter.com/AnU2On6QC1— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 26, 2021Earlier, other lawmakers said Biden should have sought congressional authorization for the strikes, which some legal experts say violated international law. While calling attacks by Iran-backed militants on Iraqi bases hosting U.S. troops \u0022unacceptable,\u0022 Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) stressed that \u0022retaliatory strikes, not necessary to prevent an imminent threat, must fall within the definition of an existing congressional authorization of military force.\u0022\u0022Congress should hold this administration to the same standard it did prior administrations, and require clear legal justifications for military action, especially inside theaters like Syria, where Congress has not explicitly authorized any American military action,\u0022 said Murphy.Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) tweeted Friday that Democrats \u0022ran on ending wars, not on escalating conflicts in the Middle East.\u0022 It was the Democratic administration of then-President Barack Obama that first intervened in the Syrian civil war in 2014.\u0026nbsp;Great question. https://t.co/79K8uyzwGi— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 26, 2021What right does Biden have to bomb Iranian-backed militias in Syria??? NONE. They are not threatening the US. There was no authorization by Congress. This is an illegal provocation that will make peace with Iran more and more difficult. STOP!!!— Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin) February 26, 2021While U.S. airstrikes have decreased dramatically since Biden took office, Thursday\u0026#039;s attack—which followed a joint U.S.-Iraqi assassination of an Islamic State leader on January 27—was the second reported bombing of his tenure.On Thursday, Common Dreams reported on a new study and interactive map from the Brown University Costs of War Project and USA Today detailing the U.S. military\u0026#039;s so-called \u0022counterterrorism\u0022 operations in 85 nations, part of the open-ended post-9/11 \u0022War on Terror\u0022 that has seen over half a dozen countries attacked or invaded, hundreds of overseas American military bases built, hundreds of thousands of lives lost, and trillions of dollars spent—with no end in sight.