President Obama writes letter to Congress on War Powers Resolution
"I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of U.S. Armed Forces equipped for combat," Obama said.
In the report, Obama covered all deployments of U.S. Armed Forces, ranging from counterterrorism to aid in Central Africa to NATO operations. The President disclosed how many soldiers were sent to each area, their whereabouts and allies in the region.
"The United States has deployed U.S. combat-equipped forces to enhance the counterterrorism capabilities and support the counterterrorism operations of our friends and allies, including special operations and other forces for sensitive operations in various locations around the world," Obama said.
To combat al-Qaida, the Taliban and associated forces, the U.S. has deployed Armed Forces to Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and Cuba. The U.S. is relying heavily upon allies in the region to intercept terrorist attacks and keep regional security intact.
There are 100 military personnel deployed in Central Africa to combat the Lord's Resistance Army and the atrocities it's caused across South Sudan, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are also 690 military personnel stationed in Egypt assigned to the U.S. Contingent of the Multinational Force and Observers.
The U.S. has maritime military personnel stationed at each geographic combatant command and stationed in Kosovo to aid NATO with its objectives. Lastly, there are U.S. troops deployed with the purpose of upholding regional security in Libya and Central Africa.
"I have directed the participation of U.S. Armed Forces in all of these operations pursuant to my constitutional and statutory authority as Commander in Chief (including the authority to carry out Public Law 107-40 and other statutes) and as Chief Executive, as well as my constitutional and statutory authority to conduct the foreign relations of the United States," Obama said. "Officials of my Administration and I communicate regularly with the leadership and other members of Congress with regard to these deployments, and we will continue to do so."