President Obama’s War Report: War on Terror in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, “Various Other Locations,” U.S. Forces in Central Africa, Egypt, Kosovo, on the High Seas

President Obama’s latest war powers report to Congress provides the most recent round-up of officially acknowledged U.S. military operations around the world. As in the last war powers report, the war on terror remains worldwide and indefinite, with the bulk of forces engaged in Afghanistan (where the president explains the U.N. has extended its authorization until October 2013).  The president again acknowledged military operations in Yemen and Somalia, as well as having “deployed U.S. combat-equipped forces to assist in enhancing the counterterrorism capabilities of our friends and allies, including special operations and other forces for sensitive operations in various locations around the world.” Pakistan is not referenced by name in the public letter, presumably it falls under that statement. The president noted the deployment of military personnel to the U.S. embassies in Yemen and Libya as well.

The U.S. forces deployed last year to Uganda to fight Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, meanwhile, have expanded out to the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo (where local rebels for a period of time recently took over one of its largest cities, Goma), and the newly independent South Sudan (which has had a tense relationship with Sudan, from which it broke off last year, with war sometimes appearing imminent).

Elsewhere in the world, the U.S. military continues to be involved in the NATO mission in Kosovo since 1999 and part of a multinational mission in Egypt since 1981. The navy continues to be engaged in anti-terrorist and anti-weapons proliferation activities on the high seas.

No word on U.S. actions in regards to the civil war in Syria, where NATO has deployed troops and Patriot missiles to the border in Turkey and the Defense Department has denied a wider deployment of U.S. troops in the region.

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  • Sevo||

    ..."the war on terror remains worldwide and indefinite,"...

    War is the friend of the state.

  • ||

    It's always been Satanically retarded. A war on terror is like a war on murder, or a war on rape, or a war on thermodynamics. Who the fuck comes up with this stupid shit?

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    we need a war on war.

  • Sevo||

    "Who the fuck comes up with this stupid shit?"
    War on Poverty: LBJ
    War on Drugs: Nixon
    War on Terror: Bush II
    Did I leave any out?

  • Pound. Head. On. Desk.||

    Wasn't WWI the War on War?

  • sasob||

    Did I leave any out?

    Wasn't a War on Pornography begun sometime back?

  • Pound. Head. On. Desk.||

    Wasn't a War on Pornography begun sometime back?

    Well, at least they won that one. I mean, I can't think of a single place in the civilized world where you can see naked women. Just to be sure I'll do a Google search right now. . .

    Holy Mother of God!

    I'll be back in 3 1/2 minutes. . . Plus download time.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Declaring war on a real entity like the Taliban/AQ would offend people's delicate sensibilities. And some of those people would be 'libertarian' peaceniks. And yes this kind of war has the added benefit for statists of going on forever.

  • crazyfingers||

    Yeah, because a war on the "taliban" or "al queda" would ever actually end.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Any reason it wouldn't?

  • Ken Shultz||

    Is there a count out there somewhere of how many children Barack Obama has killed with missile strikes?

    I understand that there we can't have security without certain risks, and unfortunate things do happen in the pursuit of American security...

    It's just that listening to Barack Obama's speech about Sandy Hook, he seemed to have completely ignored his own direct role in rationalizing dead children as an unfortunate but acceptable price of freedom.

  • Ed||

    I cited numbers from the BIJ in a blog post earlier today. The BIJ's numbers are 176 for Pakistan, 25-34 for Yemen and 1-3 for Somalia. No numbers for Afghanistan, though I relate a few stories on children dead in Afghanistan in the blog post

    Link's here: http://reason.com/blog/2012/12.....ren-abroad

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    OBAMA/KONY ͮ2012.

    Two killers of African children. Who runs up the highest death toll this year?

  • Warrren||

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48759119#.UNESjKyAntk

    This story which is in the news feed really needs to be read. It has everything, a precious metal, illegal mining, smuggling, clueless and evil bureaucrats, Chinese criminals, and a total kick-in-the-balls to a central bank.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Erich Mulato

    Is he at all...heroic?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Doing a 24-hour shift in a dangerous, 3rd-World mine?

    That's pretty "heroic".

  • Sevo||

    And some guy actually getting the money for what he did! And stiffing a gov't at the time.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I thought we all agreed to no longer call it a war on terror.

  • ||

    I thought that was the War on Drugs. Someone named Gil said something to that effect.

  • Cytotoxic||

    What a fine mess.

  • Dieter||

    The world will end Friday
    Yellowstone is acting funny

    and there are significant sunspot activities forming

  • Warrren||

    If the world is ending I'm going out the same way I came in: Naked, screaming, my head jammed in a vagina and a cord around my neck.

  • Sevo||

    And I'm more than willing to take the worldly goods off the hands of each and every potential victim!

  • Warrren||

    I have the Collected Works of David Frum you can have.

  • Sevo||

    Uh, I had in mind things of value, economic goods, things that might later be traded. But thanks anyhow.

  • Warrren||

    It's autographed!

  • JeremyR||

    Oh no, sunspots!

  • Rich||

    Yellowstone going high order would help keep things in perspective.

  • ||

    33 measly earthquakes in Yellowstone? As a resident of California, that's just quaint.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    will we have an abundance of "bunker babies" next September-October?

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Could Tebow go to the CFL?

    If so, he should be reminded the CFL is a pass happy league.

  • Warrren||

    There's a Christian Football League?

  • Dieter||

    Have scientists discovered Vulcan?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • ||

    THIS IS CETI ALPHA FIVE!

  • Warrren||

    We'll send a Slayer after it, no prob.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUUSUDYqpQw

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I'll just leave this here.

    XXXmas Cookies

  • Generic Stranger||

    I am dissapoint.

  • ||

  • ||

    Holy shit, fellas. Holy shit.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs.....18407.html

    Businesses React to Newtown Tragedy

    "Following the initial visceral, emotional reaction to the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., the conversation naturally turned to the big issues at hand, such as gun control laws, second-amendment rights and the state of mental health care in the U.S.And while we are still in the very early hours of the "aftermath" stage, businesses, too, have started to rethink certain practices as they weigh public sentiment and consider the possible impact this incident might have going forward.Lanza reportedly used a .223-caliber Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle; two handguns were also said to be found by his body in the school. The AR-15 style of gun he reportedly used is, according to gun dealers, the most popular rifle in the U.S."

    Everyone's caving to the pressure.

  • General Butt Naked||

    I'm wondering about buying stock in firearm company. They're down right now because of the news, but sales are astronomically high. Go try to buy an AR right now; they can't pump out the guns fast enough.

  • Ken Shultz||

    I don't mind if companies respond to public pressure; it's when the government decides that a company can't do something that I have a problem.

    Otherwise, this is like McDonalds deciding to use recycled paper for their packaging or something.

    The solution where businesses decide not to do something anymore because their customers or their investors don't like it, that's the libertarian solution.

    If it takes an act of Congress to do something that this business is doing of its own accord, then that demonstrates, once again, that businesses are more responsive to customer (and investor) concerns than the government is.

  • ||

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lo.....41985.html

    Survivalists worry ‘preppers’ will be scapegoated for Newtown shooting

    "...

    "I don’t know why Adam Lanza went on a rampage and killed 26 people last week. But I do know that it wasn’t because his mother was a homeschooling prepper who stored up food and taught him to fire a gun at a paper target," she wrote.

    ..."

    This lady obviously hates kids.

  • Jerryskids||

    The combat-equipped forces, deployed since January 2002 to Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, continue to conduct secure detention operations for the approximately 166 detainees at Guantanamo Bay under Public Law 107-40 and consistent with principles of the law of war.

    Approximately 166? You would think that, with Guantanamo being more secure than your average detention facility, they would tend to have a rather more precise headcount when doing their nightly bed checks.

    And I can't help but notice the weasel-worded 'consistent with *principles* of the law of war' rather than the 'consistent with the law of war' one might expect out of a non-lawless regime.

    And I can't find where exactly it says anything in PL 107-40 about some of the people held at Guantanamo - you know, the ones who had nothing to do with 9/11.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    I think the choice of approximately is twofold. First, it's a weasel word so they can't be held to a specific number. Second, prisoners go in and out and the government is loath to release any details in real time. Hell, my local sheriff's offices posts more complete and timely details about jail bookings than those clowns do.

    WTF is with the pop up ads? Not just annoying but the one that opened with this page went to a 404 not found. What kind of crappy advertisers are you guys selling to?

  • waaminn||

    Ok Wow, not that makes a lot of sesne dude.

    www.usaAnon.tk

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Eagle tries to grab kid in Montreal

  • ||

    Jesus, in Canada even the birds are depraved creatures desperate for the feeling of love.

  • Andy Mikel||

    How Obama’s Signature looks like... Haha Must see. http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/.....signature/

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