TARGETING THE ISLAMIC STATE
American and British special operations forces are forming an undercover task force to hunt down the bigwigs of the Islamic State, a terrorist group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The unit, reportedly to include operators from the Special Air Service, United States Navy Seals, and the Army’s Delta Force, is likely to start working with local militias. British Prime Minister David Cameron ordered the destruction of the Islamic State after the decapitation of American journalist James Wright Foley.
The Central Intelligence Agency will also be involved with the unit, code-named Task Force Black. A similar unit helped push back against the Islamic State of Iraq – an earlier forerunner of the group – during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The terrorist group has recently allied with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and Boko Haram, among other groups.
While some of the top leadership of the Islamic State, including its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi (pictured left) is targeted for death, there may also be efforts to capture middle-level leaders to gather intelligence.