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Report 20180415A

Date

April 15, 2018

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

Yes

Details: "acting in concert with French and British military forces"

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 government from using or proliferating chemical weapons"; "to promote the stability of the region, to deter the use and proliferation of chemical weapons, and to avert a worsening of the region’s current humanitarian catastrophe"

Domestic Legal Authority

Constitution (Art. II)

Details: "I acted pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive and in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States to promote the stability of the region, to deter the use and proliferation of chemical weapons, and to avert a worsening of the region’s current humanitarian catastrophe."

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, acting in concert with French and British military forces, struck Syrian military chemical weapons-related facilities. The targets of the combined operation were a scientific research center installation, a storage facility, and a bunker."

US Casualties Reported

Unknown

Non-US Casualties Reported

Unknown