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
TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
AND THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE
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.
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