Report 20140521A


May 21, 2014


Barack Obama (Second Term)



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

No, as described in/inferred from report

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

Insufficient information to infer from report

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

Insufficient information to infer from report

Joint/Coalition Mission


Article 51 Report to UN

Not applicable because no self-defense claim


Rescue/Hostage recovery

Details: "to locate and support the safe return of over 200 schoolgirls who are reported to have been kidnapped in Nigeria"

Domestic Legal Authority

Constitution (Art. II)

Details: "This action has been directed in furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive."

Claimed International Legal Basis


Estimated Scope/Duration

Mission-bound but indeterminate

Details: "The force will remain in Chad until its support in resolving the kidnapping situation is no longer required."

Type of Enemy or Mission

Non-state actor

Details: Not stated (Boko Haram)

Military Activity

Air operations Use of ground forces

Details: Deployment of approximately 80 U.S. Armed Forces to "support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area."

US Casualties Reported


Non-US Casualties Reported