Spotlight turns to US forces' role as IS fight continues

US President Barack Obama has favored the light footprint offered by Special Operations Command in combating ISAs President Barack Obama prepares to leave office and step down as commander-in-chief of America’s military, a flap has erupted over the secretive commandos who have become his go-to counterterrorist force across the globe. Obama’s foreign military policy has centered on the targeted killings of terror suspects — usually by drone strikes — and he has ordered such actions in countries including Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and Libya. The current kerfuffle stems from a Washington Post story that said SOCOM, specifically its super-secret wing called the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), is being granted new powers to track and potentially attack terror cells around the world.

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