[House Document 116-43]
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116th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - House Document 116-43
 
A SUPPLEMENTAL CONSOLIDATED REPORT TO KEEP THE CONGRESS INFORMED ABOUT 
     DEPLOYMENTS OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES EQUIPPED FOR COMBAT

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                     THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

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A SUPPLEMENTAL CONSOLIDATED REPORT TO KEEP THE CONGRESS INFORMED ABOUT 
DEPLOYMENTS OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES EQUIPPED FOR COMBAT, PURSUANT 
   TO 50 U.S.C. 1543(c); PUBLIC LAW 93-148, SEC. 4(c); (87 STAT. 555)














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   June 20, 2019.--Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and 
                         ordered to be printed  
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                                           The White House,
                                         Washington, June 11, 2019.
Hon. Nancy Pelosi,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Madam Speaker: 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 United States Armed Forces equipped for combat.


   military operations in support of united states counterterrorism 
                                efforts


    In furtherance of counterterrorism efforts, the United 
States continues to work with partners around the globe, with a 
particular focus on the United States Central and Africa 
Commands' areas of responsibility. In this context, the United 
States has deployed United States combat-equipped forces to 
conduct counterterrorism operations and to advise, assist, and 
accompany security forces of select foreign partners on 
counterterrorism operations. Specific information about 
counterterrorism deployments to select countries is provided 
below, and a classified annex to this report provides further 
information.
Military Operations against al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, and Associated 
        Forces and in Support of Related United States Counterterrorism 
        Objectives
    Since October 7, 2001, United States Armed Forces, 
including Special Operations Forces, have conducted 
counterterrorism combat operations against al-Qa'ida, the 
Taliban, and associated forces. Since August 2014, these 
operations have targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria 
(ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant 
(ISIL), which was formerly known as al-Qa'ida in Iraq. In 
support of these and other overseas operations, the United 
States has deployed combat-equipped forces to several locations 
in the United States Central, European, Africa, Southern, and 
Indo-Pacific Commands' areas of responsibility. Such operations 
and deployments have been reported previously, consistent with 
Public Law 107-40, Public Law 107-243, the War Powers 
Resolution, and other 433 statutes. These ongoing operations, 
which the United States has carried out with the assistance of 
numerous international partners, have been successful in 
seriously degrading ISIS capabilities in Syria and Iraq. If 
necessary, in response to terrorist threats, I will direct 
additional measures to protect the people and interests of the 
United States. It is not possible to know at this time the 
precise scope or the duration of the deployments of United 
States Armed Forces that are or will be necessary to counter 
terrorist threats to the United States.
    Afghanistan. Consistent with the strategy I announced 
publicly on August 21, 2017, United States Armed Forces remain 
in Afghanistan for the purposes of stopping the reemergence of 
safe havens that enable terrorists to threaten the United 
States; supporting the Afghan government and the Afghan 
military as they confront the Taliban in the field; and 
creating conditions for a political process to achieve lasting 
peace. United States forces in Afghanistan are training, 
advising, and assisting Afghan forces; conducting and 
supporting counterterrorism operations against al-Qa'ida and 
against ISIS; and taking appropriate measures against those who 
provide direct support to al-Qa'ida, threaten United States and 
coalition forces in Afghanistan, or threaten the viability of 
the Afghan government or the ability of the Afghan National 
Defense and Security Forces to achieve campaign success. 
Although reconciliation efforts are ongoing, and peace efforts 
are our top priority, the United States remains in an armed 
conflict, including in Afghanistan and against the Taliban, and 
active hostilities remain ongoing.
    Iraq and Syria. As part of a comprehensive strategy to 
defeat ISIS, United States Armed Forces are conducting a 
systematic campaign of airstrikes and other necessary 
operations against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria and against 
al-Qa'ida in Syria. United States Armed Forces are deployed to 
Syria to conduct operations against ISIS with indigenous ground 
forces and to Iraq to advise, coordinate with, and provide 
support to select elements of the Iraqi security forces, 
including Iraqi Kurdish security forces. Support to Iraqi 
security forces includes training, equipment, communications 
support, and intelligence support. United States Armed Forces 
also provide limited support to the North Atlantic Treaty 
Organization mission in Iraq. Actions in Iraq are being 
undertaken in coordination with the Government of Iraq, the 
Kurdistan Regional Government, and in conjunction with 
coalition partners. Although these efforts led to the 
territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, operations 
against the continuing terrorist threats emanating from Iraq 
and Syria remain ongoing.
    Arabian Peninsula Region. A small number of United States 
military personnel are deployed to Yemen to conduct operations 
against al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS-
Yemen. The United States military continues to work closely 
with the Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG) and regional 
partner forces to dismantle and ultimately eliminate the 
terrorist threat posed by those groups. Since the last periodic 
update report, United States forces conducted a number of 
airstrikes against AQAP operatives and facilities in Yemen, and 
supported the United Arab Emirates- and ROYG-led operations to 
clear AQAP from Shabwah Governorate. United States Armed Forces 
are also prepared to conduct airstrikes against ISIS targets in 
Yemen.
    United States Armed Forces, in a non-combat role, have also 
continued to provide military advice and limited information, 
logistics, and other support to regional forces combatting the 
Houthi insurgency in Yemen. United States forces are present in 
Saudi Arabia for this purpose. Such support does not involve 
United States Armed Forces in hostilities with the Houthis for 
the purposes of the War Powers Resolution.
    Jordan. At the request of the Government of Jordan, 
approximately 2,910 United States military personnel are 
deployed to Jordan to support Defeat-ISIS operations, to 
enhance Jordan's security, and to promote regional stability.
    Lebanon. At the request of the Government of Lebanon, 
approximately 60 United States military personnel are deployed 
to Lebanon to enhance the government's counterterrorism 
capabilities and to support the Defeat-ISIS operations of 
Lebanese security forces.
    Turkey. United States Armed Forces, including strike and 
combat-support aircraft and associated United States military 
personnel, remain deployed to Turkey, at the Turkish 
government's request, to support Defeat-ISIS operations and to 
enhance Turkey's security.
    East Africa Region. In Somalia, United States Armed Forces 
continue to counter the terrorist threat posed by ISIS and al-
Shabaab, an associated force of al-Qa'ida. Since the last 
periodic report, United States forces have conducted a number 
of airstrikes against ISIS and al-Shabaab. United States 
military 435 personnel also advise, assist, and accompany 
regional forces, including Somali and African Union Mission in 
Somalia (AMISOM) forces, during counterterrorism operations. 
Additional United States Armed Forces are deployed to Kenya to 
support counterterrorism operations in East Africa. United 
States military personnel continue to partner with the 
Government of Djibouti, which has permitted use of Djiboutian 
territory for basing of United States Armed Forces. United 
States military personnel remain deployed to Djibouti, 
including for purposes of staging for counterterrorism and 
counter-piracy operations in the vicinity of the Horn of Africa 
and the Arabian Peninsula, and to provide contingency support 
for embassy security augmentation in East Africa, as required.
    Lake Chad Basin and Sahel Region. United States military 
personnel in the Lake Chad Basin and Sahel Region continue to 
conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance 
operations and to provide support to African and European 
partners conducting counterterrorism operations in the region, 
including by advising, assisting, and accompanying these 
partner forces. Approximately 700 United States military 
personnel remain deployed to Niger. United States military 
personnel are also deployed to Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria to 
support counterterrorism operations.
    Cuba. United States Armed Forces continue to conduct humane 
and secure detention operations for detainees held at 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, under the authority provided by the 2001 
Authorization for the Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-
40), as informed by the law of war. There are 40 such detainees 
as of the date of this report.
    Philippines. United States Armed Forces deployed to the 
Philippines are providing support to the counterterrorism 
operations of the armed forces of the Philippines.


                      military operations in egypt


    Approximately 455 United States military personnel are 
assigned to or supporting the United States contingent of the 
Multinational Force and Observers, which have been present in 
Egypt since 1981.


                      military operations in gabon


    On January 4, 2019, I reported the deployment of United 
States Armed Forces to Gabon to be in position to support the 
security 43b of United States citizens, personnel, and 
diplomatic facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
The security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 
has improved, and the previously reported forces have since 
departed Gabon.


  united states and north atlantic treaty organization operations in 
                                 kosovo


    The United States continues to contribute forces to the 
Kosovo Force (KFOR), led by the North Atlantic Treaty 
Organization in cooperation with local authorities, bilateral 
partners, and international institutions, to deter renewed 
hostilities in Kosovo. Approximately 660 United States military 
personnel are among KFOR's approximately 4,000 personnel.
    I have directed the participation of United States Armed 
Forces in all of the above-described operations pursuant to my 
constitutional and statutory authority as Commander in Chief 
and as Chief Executive (including the authority to carry out 
Public Law 107-40, Public Law 107-243, and other statutes), as 
well as my constitutional and statutory authority to conduct 
the foreign relations of the United States. Officials of my 
Administration and I communicate regularly with congressional 
leadership and other Members of Congress with regard to these 
deployments, and we will continue to do so.

            Sincerely,
                                                   Donald J. Trump.

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