Be­tween seams

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

U.S. spe­cial op­er­a­tions com­mando ac­tiv­i­ties are among the most se­cret in the U.S. gov­ern­ment, but they play a lead­ing and de­ci­sive role in the global war on ter­ror­ism. The an­nual pos­ture state­ment of the U.S. Spe­cial Op­er­a­tion Com­mand sheds some light on the se­cret com­mand work.

The re­port states that spe­cial op­er­a­tions forces are work­ing to track and kill for­eign ter­ror­ists and net­works around the world.

The com­mand “syn­chro­nizes [U.S. counter ter­ror­ism] ac­tiv­i­ties at the global, strate­gic level,” the re­port said.

“This en­sures unity of ef­fort and al­lows [U.S. Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand] to look ‘be­tween the seams’ as ter­ror­ists move, com­mu­ni­cate, fi­nance and op­er­ate be­tween re­gions.”

The com­man­dos use both di­rect and in­di­rect op­er­a­tions, with most vis­i­ble mil­i­tary ac­tion in the Cen­tral Com­mand re­gion in­clud­ing the Mid­dle East, Cen­tral Asia and North Africa.

In­di­rect ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude such pro­grams as the Sov­er­eign Chal­lenge Pro­gram, which along with the U.S. Strate­gic Com­mand “fo­cuses on the sovereignty of in­de­pen­dent na­tions, the ways in which ter­ror­ism vi­o­lates that sovereignty and how th­ese na­tions can as­sist each other in com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism.”

“The pro­gram is based on the premise that each na­tion has a re­spon­si­bil­ity, in its own self-in­ter­est, to de­velop pro­grams which counter or pre­vent ter­ror­ism while sup­port­ing and cul­ti­vat­ing its na­tional in­ter­ests, cul­tures and cit­i­zens,” the re­port said.

Sov­er­eign Chal­lenge works with for­eign mil­i­taries to stop ter­ror­ist fi­nanc­ing, the cre­ation of ter­ror bases, dis­rup­tion of ter­ror­ists’ travel, counter ide­ol­ogy ef­forts and pre­ven­tion of com­puter-based train­ing and re­cruit­ment.

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