New Administration May Take Special Operators Back to Roots
Barack Obama chose MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, to deliver one of his final speeches of his presidency to address his record on counterterrorism.
The home base for both Central Command and Special Operations Command played a key role during the eight years his administration fought the forces of radical Islam.
He gave credit to special forces for beating back the Islamic State in its strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
“We took the fight to ISIL in both Iraq and Syria, not with American battalions but with local forces backed by our equipment and our advisors and, importantly, our Special Forces,” he said.
Special operations forces over the past two administrations have been used mostly as “door kickers” — commandos charged with targeted capturing or killing of so-called high-value targets.
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WNU Editor: I suspect that U.S. Special Forces will still conduct raids .... but it will be a continuation of the Obama administration's strategy of using these forces to assist local allies in their war against these extremist groups.