SOF Daily Update - 15 February, 2011
Joint Patrol in Iraq
Iraqi Security Forces and American troops conducted a joint patrol in the city of Qara Qosh. The purpose of the patrol was to assess the security situation in the Iraqi city.
Islamists Carry out a Purge in Turkey?
The Turkish government, currently run by an Islamist political party, has begun efforts to place over 160 military officers on trial for allegedly plotting a coup. According to a report at BigPeace.com, the proceedings are a "show trial" intended to remove Tayyip Erdogan obstacles to absolute power. A second trial, where over 400 journalists, politicians, academics, and soldiers face charges is also proceeding. Of the 17 judges hearing the trial, 14 were appointed by Erdogan.
Haqqani Network facilitator nabbed!
A facilitator for the Haqqani Network was detained by Afghan and coalition forces in a raid in Khost province, Afghanistan.
The Mexico Gun Myth
Claims that 90 of firearms seized in Mexico have come from the United States are grossly misleading. This is the crux of a report by STRATFOR, which validates the assertions of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Planning for Next Year
The process of planning for the 2012 Cobra Gold Exercise are already underway as officials from 24 countries met during Cobra Gold 2011.
Sting Snags Would-Be Taliban Supporters
A sting operation in Africa broke up an effort to smuggle heroin from Afghanistan, with the proceeds from the scheme intended to provide weapons to the organization, which sheltered Osama bin Laden. DEA agents who were posing as representatives of the Taliban gathered evidence to allow the arrests of seven conspirators, including two American citizens.