02 October 2010

COIN Successes in the Philippines

Yes, the US has been active there for a while, and yes, it's succeeding.

It’s been touted as a rare U.S. military success against Islamic extremists in the so-called global war on terror.
Since early 2002, a small number of U.S. troops, mostly Special Forces, have been supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in their fight against terrorism in the Mindanao group of islands. The region is historically lawless, impoverished and politically removed from the national government in Manila.
Known as the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines (JSOTF-P), they enjoyed early accomplishments that have prompted some in the U.S. military establishment to hail it as a textbook case of effective counterinsurgency tactics that could be applied to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

By: Brant

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