[House Document 113-170]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]




113th Congress, 2d Session - - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 113-170

 
  U.S. ARMED FORCES CONTINUING TO CONDUCT OPERATIONS AGAINST aL-QA'IDA

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                             COMMUNICATION

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                    THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              transmitting

  A LETTER REGARDING THE U.S. ARMED FORCES CONDUCTING OPERATIONS IN A 
      VARIETY OF LOCATIONS AGAINST aL-QA'IDA AND ASSOCIATED FORCES




 November 12, 2014.--Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and 
                         ordered to be printed
                                           The White House,
                                    Washington, September 23, 2014.
Hon. John A. Boehner,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Speaker: As I have repeatedly reported to the 
Congress, U.S. Armed Forces continue to conduct operations in a 
variety of locations against al-Qa'ida and associated forces. 
In furtherance of these U.S. counterterrorism efforts, on 
September 22, 2014, at my direction, U.S. military forces began 
a series of strikes in Syria against elements of al-Qa'ida 
known as the Khorasan Group. These strikes are necessary to 
defend the United States and our partners and allies against 
the threat posed by these elements.
    I have directed these actions, which are in the national 
security and foreign policy interests of the United States, 
pursuant to my constitutional and statutory authority as 
Commander in Chief (including the authority to carry out Public 
Law 107-40) and as Chief Executive, as well as my 
constitutional and statutory authority to conduct the foreign 
relations of the United States. I am providing this report as 
part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, 
consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). 
I appreciate the support of the Congress in this action.
            Sincerely,
                                                      Barack Obama.