President Obama issues report on deployments to support counterterrorism
Obama said he was providing the supplemental consolidated report to comply with the War Powers Resolution and keep Congress informed of military deployments. Obama directed the participation of U.S. Armed Forces in the operations pursuant to his constitutional and statutory authority as chief executive and commander in chief and his statutory and constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations.
The report discussed specific information about counterterrorism deployments to select countries, including Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Cuba, Niger, Uganda and elsewhere around the world.
"In furtherance of U.S. counterterrorism efforts, the United States continues to work with partners around the globe, with a particular focus on the U.S. Central Command's and U.S. Africa Command's areas of responsibility," Obama said. "In this context, 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."
The report devoted a large section to military operations against al-Qaida, the Taliban and associated forces in Afghanistan. Obama said the U.S. is committed to thwarting the efforts of those terrorist forces and he will direct additional measures to protect U.S. interests and citizens.
"United States Armed Forces continue to pursue and engage remaining al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan while transitioning to an Afghan security lead," Obama said. "There are approximately 55,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and the United States Armed Forces are on track to meet the Afghanistan force management level of 34,000 by February 12, 2014."
Obama closed by saying he and the officials of his administration will continue to communicate regularly with leadership and other members of Congress in regards to the deployment of military forces.