Thom Shanker of the New York Times wrote a piece today about the success that JSOTF-P has had in helping the Armed Forces of the Philippines fight terrorism in Mindanao. The story highlights JSOTF-P's focus on civil-military operations, the close cooperation with other U.S. government development efforts and the need to sustain the progress that has been made.
U.S. Military to Stay in Philippines
By Thom Shanker
Published: August 20, 2009
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has decided to keep an elite 600-troop counterinsurgency operation deployed in the Philippines despite pressure to reassign its members to fulfill urgent needs elsewhere, like in Afghanistan or Iraq, according to Pentagon officials.
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New York Times: U.S. Military to Stay in Philippines