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Report 20170408A

Date

April 08, 2017

Administration

Donald Trump (Current Term)

Location

Syria

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

Yes, described in/inferred from report

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

No, as described in/inferred from report

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

No, as described in/inferred from report

Joint/Coalition Mission

No

Article 51 Report to UN

Not applicable because no self-defense claim

Purpose/Mission

Humanitarian

Details: "to degrade the Syrian military’s ability to conduct further chemical weapons attacks and to dissuade the Syrian regime from using or proliferating chemical weapons, thereby promoting the stability of the region and averting a worsening of the region’s current humanitarian catastrophe."

Domestic Legal Authority

Constitution (Art. II)

Details: "I acted in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive"

Claimed International Legal Basis

Unknown

Estimated Scope/Duration

Scope/duration specified

Details: "The United States will take additional action, as necessary and appropriate, to further its important national interests."

Type of Enemy or Mission

Nation-state

Details: Syria

Military Activity

Air operations

Details: "United States military forces in the Mediterranean Sea, operating beyond the territorial sea of any state, struck the Shayrat military airfield in Syria."

US Casualties Reported

Unknown

Non-US Casualties Reported

Unknown