October 31, 2004

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Special Forces Enter CIA Territory With a New Weapon: The Pentagon gains the power to let elite troops give millions in cash or arms to foreign fighters. (Greg Miller, October 31, 2004, LA Times)

Moving into an area of clandestine activity that has traditionally been the domain of the CIA, the Pentagon has secured new authority that allows American special operations forces to dole out millions of dollars in cash, equipment and weapons to international warlords and foreign fighters.

Under the new policy, the U.S. Special Operations Command will have as much as $25 million a year to spend providing "support to foreign forces, irregular forces, groups or individuals" aiding U.S. efforts against terrorists and other targets. Previously, military units were prohibited from providing money or arms to foreign groups.

Pentagon officials said the new capability was crucial in the war on terrorism, enabling America's elite soldiers to buy off tribal leaders or arm local militias while pursuing Al Qaeda operatives and confronting other threats.


Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2004 8:58 AM
Comments

Anything that reduces the need for the CIA is a net positive.

Posted by: Bart at October 31, 2004 10:09 AM

True, but the idea of SF knowing who is on our side is not comforting.

Westerners have been backing wrong horses in the Koran Belt for a long time.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at October 31, 2004 2:36 PM
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