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Release No: 503-12
June 15, 2012

Statement by George Little on War Powers Report

            As part of the Administration's efforts to keep the United States Congress and the American people informed about the activities of the United States military, and consistent with the War Powers Resolution, the President today submitted a report to Congress about deployments of the United States Armed Forces. 

            This report contains information about our deployments to Afghanistan, Central Africa, and Kosovo.  This report also makes clear that the United States military is engaged in a robust range of operations to target al-Qaeda and associated forces, including in Somalia and Yemen.  In Somalia, the U.S. military has taken direct action against members of al-Qaeda, and al-Qaeda associated elements of al-Shabaab.  In Yemen, the U.S. military has engaged with the Yemeni government in joint efforts to dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an active and dangerous al-Qaeda affiliate.  In all cases we are focused on those al-Qaeda members and affiliates who pose a direct threat to the United States and to our national interests.  This report contains information about these operations owing to their growing significance in our overall counterterrorism effort. 

            Going forward, the American people should know that we will do what is necessary to defend our country against those who would threaten us.

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