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Obama administration expands elite military unit’s powers to hunt foreign fighters globally | The Washington Post

Obama administration expands elite military unit’s powers to hunt foreign fighters globally | The Washington Post

The Obama administration is giving the elite Joint Special Operations Command — the organization that helped kill Osama bin Laden in a 2011 raid by Navy SEALs — expanded power to track, plan and potentially launch attacks on terrorist cells around the globe, a move driven by concerns of a dispersed terrorist threat as Islamic State militants are driven from strongholds in Iraq and Syria, U.S. officials said.

The missions could occur well beyond the battlefields of places like Iraq, Syria and Libya where Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) has carried out clandestine operations in the past.

Source: Obama administration expands elite military unit’s powers to hunt foreign fighters globally – The Washington Post