Sunday, May 17, 2009

JSOTF-P Supports AFP Counter-terrorism Efforts

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and members of the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines (JSOTF-P) are focusing on supporting the efforts of the AFP to root out terrorist safe havens in the Southern Philippines, as highlighted by Pacific Stars and Stripes.

JSOTF-P comprises approximately 600 U.S. service members who work as a non-combatant advisory group to the Philippine armed forces in their effort to eliminate terrorism in their country. The task force uses subject matter expert exchanges to help increase the capacity of the Philippine armed forces.

The task force also focuses on providing humanitarian assistance to Filipino communities. In 2008, JSOTF-P assisted in more than 70 civic action projects in the country.

Partnership between JSOTF-P and the AFP has helped to improve the capability of the AFP as well as helped to improve the lives of the local Filipino community in which they work.

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