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Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate Regarding the War Powers Resolution

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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 13, 2013

Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate Regarding the War Powers Resolution


January 13, 2013

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

On January 11, 2013, French forces conducted an operation in Somalia in which they attempted to rescue a French citizen being held hostage by al-Shabaab. United States forces provided limited technical support to the French forces in that operation, but took no direct part in the assault on the compound where it was believed the French citizen was being held hostage. United States combat aircraft briefly entered Somali airspace to support the rescue operation, if needed. These aircraft did not employ weapons during the operation. The U.S. forces that supported this operation left Somalia by approximately 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 11, 2013.

I directed U.S. forces to support this rescue operation in furtherance of U.S. national security interests, and pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.

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.



France in botched rescue attempt in Somalia

AlJazeeraEnglish·Jan 12, 2013

A French hostage has reportedly been killed during a failed rescue attempt in Somalia. One French commando was killed and another is missing. Intelligence agent Denis Allex was captured by al-Shabab fighters in Mogadishu in 2009. But there’s some confusion, as al-Shabab insists the hostage and missing commando are alive and in their custody. Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports.


France not speaking truth on Somalia: Nii Akuetteh

PressTVGlobalNews·Jan 13, 2013

A political analyst tells Press TV that the French knew once they get involved in Mali, their hostage in Somalia might be killed so they must have decided to rescue their hostage from Somalia.

The comments came after Somali al-Shabab militants killed two French commandos involved in a botched operation to free a French secret agent taken hostage in the African country more than three years ago.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Nii Akuetteh, African policy analyst, to further discuss the issue.


Barack Obama’s Executive Order: Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Somalia

Horn of Africa: US Proxy War in Somalia Veers Towards Regional Conflict by Finian Cunningham

Mali New Prey To West Imperialist Quest by Finian Cunningham + Nii Akuetteh: UN Approves Intervention in Mali

West’s ‘Scramble for Africa’ terror pretext in Mali by Finian Cunningham

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  5. As the US is the world’s one super-power, it seems that representatives of EVERYWHERE should be in the Legislature, eh? The oppressed and colonized should have SOMETHING to say, eh? Even Puerto Rico and DC get to vote on NOTHING … among other “territories” ..It would be “to laugh”, if it all weren’t so sad and tyrannical ..

  6. [...] “Several residents expressed their anger over the raid.

    “They killed innocent civilians and left without accomplishing anything. The people here are very disappointed in the French government on account of the civilian victims,” said Bulomarer resident Moalim Ahmed Nur.

    “These people were crazy,” said another Somalian regarding the French commandos, an employee of a local humanitarian agency who wished to remain anonymous.

    “We were told there were about 40 of them against more than 100 heavily armed Shebab fighters. Their mission was impossible and not very professional.””


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