According to a significant new analysis published late last week by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, U.S. armed personnel have been involved in unauthorized wars in far more nations than the Pentagon has revealed to Congress.
According to the article Secret War: How the U.S. Has Been at War for the Past 20 Years, the ordinary American would probably list off Iraq, Afghanistan, and even Libya if you asked them where the U.S. uses alliances and proxy forces to carry out war covertly. But this list is inaccurate, missing at least 17 nations where the US has used ground forces, proxies, or airstrikes in armed conflicts. The 39-page report’s main topic is the “security cooperation” initiatives that Congress approved in 2001 in accordance with the Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, against specific terrorist organizations. The Defense Department was given permission under one of these programs, Section 127e, to “provide support to foreign forces, irregular forces, groups or individuals engaged in supporting or facilitating authorized ongoing military operations by United States special operations forces to combat terrorism.”