The U.S. military officially admits it's fighting in seven wars across the globe - Yemen, Niger, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Libya.
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The admonition comes in an unclassified White House document - "Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Military Force and Related National Security Operations."
The report, revealed by the New York Times, reads that the U.S. has been fighting 16 years in Afghanistan against the Taliban, the Haqqani network, Al Qaeda, and the Islamic State group. In Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Libya the U.S. is fighting against and supporting regional combatants to defeat the Islamic State group.
The report claims the government has given "limited support" to Saudi Arabia officials to defeat the Houthi and Saleh-aligned factions in Yemen. However, the direct sale of U.S. weapons to the Saudi government has reached well over two billion dollars since the conflict began in 2015, which some U.S. senators, including Bernie Sanders from Vermont, wanted to end today by introducing a resolution that would halt U.S. help to Saudi Arabia in its war effort.
"This is one of the great humanitarian disasters of our time," Sanders said of the three-year Saudi attack on Yemen. The resolution was shot down 55-44.
In Somalia, the U.S. is using heavy airstrikes to fight Al Shabaab. In Niger, the report says U.S. troops were twice deployed - once in October and once in December of last year - "in self-defense (against) elements assessed to be part of ISIS," or The Islamic State.
The report is part of the 2018 defense spending bill that requires administrations to hand over to Congress a comprehensive list of current U.S. combat involvement.
President Donald Trump had said during his campaign "I will never send our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory with a capital V," however this week’s report indicates that under Trump U.S. military and intelligence interventions in conflicts around the world show no sign of letting up.
Boston University professor of U.S. International Relations and History says that these are "no-name" wars for which Washington has no exit strategy.