Nov. 8, 2019 —
As required by the IG Act, the Lead IG is reporting on two counterterrorism operations designated as overseas contingency operations by the Secretary of Defense in February 2018: the East Africa Counterterrorism operation, and the North and West Africa Counterterrorism operation. The Secretary removed the overseas contingency operation designation in May 2019. These operations, which seek to degrade al Qaeda and ISIS-affiliated terrorists in specific regions of Africa, are classified. The Lead IG report is classified as a result. We have provided the report to the federal agencies and congressional committees.