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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Monday, January 17, 2022

SOF Leader Calls Over-the-Horizon Ops in Afghanistan ‘Hard’ But Doable | National Defense Magazine

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SOCOM Commander Richard Clarke spoke to the added difficulty to conducting counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan without a supporting ground force at the Halifax International Security Forum.

In a region with few allied bases, an over-the-horizon approach to operations may be embraced to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorism again. C

Clarke was asked why the SOCOM trained Afghan SOF conceded to the Taliban so quickly in September and October, he answered that when the government fell they realized they would be without proper support and made a calculated decision.

Source: https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/11/20/sof-leader-calls-over-the-horizon-ops-in-afghanistan-hard-but-doable

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