Report 20000512A


May 12, 2000


Bill Clinton (Second Term)


Sierra Leone

Was 4(a)(1) Triggered? (Hostilities/Imminent Hostilities)

No, as described in/inferred from report

Was 4(a)(2) Triggered? (Combat- Equipped Introduction)

Yes, described in/inferred from report

Was 4(a)(3) Triggered? (Substantial Enlargement)

No, as described in/inferred from report

Joint/Coalition Mission


Details: UN, UK ("Some of the units identified to participate in such an operation include U.S. military personnel on exchange programs with the British military.")

Article 51 Report to UN

Not applicable because no self-defense claim



Details: Prepare for evacuation of U.S Embassy personnel and U.S. citizens in Freetown, Sierra Leone; Assist UNAMSIL in response to threat by Revolutionary United Front

Domestic Legal Authority

Constitution (Art. II)

Details: "These actions have been taken pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive."

Claimed International Legal Basis

UN Security Council authorization

Details: UNSCR 1270, 1289

Estimated Scope/Duration

None provided

Type of Enemy or Mission

Non-state actor

Details: "the insurgent Revolutionary United Front (RUF)"

Military Activity

Air operations Use of naval forces/vessels

Details: A coastal patrol vessel "equipped with the normal complement of weapons" deployed "to participate in an evacuation operation of U.S. personnel should such action become warranted"; "a U.S. C–17 aircraft is scheduled to deliver urgently required ammunition and other supplies and equipment to Sierra Leone for the Jordanian contingent in UNAMSIL"; "provide further transportation support for the U.N. mission"

US Casualties Reported


Non-US Casualties Reported