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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Author Max Boot highlights JSOTF-P efforts in Southern Philippines

Author and journalist Max Boot recently posted an online commentary supporting the decision of the Secretary of Defense to continue the U.S. military's assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Mindanao. At the request of the Philippine government, U.S. forces are here on temporary deployment in a strictly non-combat role to advise and assist the AFP, share information, and to conduct joint civil military operations in accordance with the Visiting Forces Agreement.

U.S. Special Ops in Philippines Leaves Small but Necessary Footprint
Max Boot
Published: August 21, 2009

Bob Gates is right to leave a Joint Special Operations Task Force in place in the Philippines. My colleague Rick Bennet and I visited with JSOTF-P in 2008; you can read about the visit in this Weekly Standard article.

To read Max Boot's full commentary, click here.

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