Newly declassified document shows US is actually fighting wars in these seven countries

A U.S. military special operator directs an A10 Thunderbolt airstrike in Syria.

Of the 193 officially-recognized nation states that cover the world, the United States of America is conducting official combat operations in at least seven of them.

While covert operations are no doubt taking place from sea to shining sea, a war report recently released by the White House has revealed that US troops are openly engaged with enemy troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Niger.

Revealed in the unclassified portion of the latest Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Military Force and Related National Security Operations, the document reveals that all the open operations fall under a 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), originally enacted to combat Al-Qaeda linked militants across the globe.

From the Taliban in Afghanistan to the Houthis in Yemen and ISIS in Syria, the US is engaged over a wide spread of the Middle East, Southwest Asia and Africa.

According to Defense One, the AUMF “contains no geographic limitation on where authorized force may be employed… to defend the national security of the United States.”

While a large bulk of the report is classified, the unclassified part of the report only spans about nine pages and gives relatively vague descriptions of US operations in each area.

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