A Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is a partnership between various local, state, and federal agencies, and private organizations that are charged with taking action against terrorism, which includes the investigation of crimes such as wire fraud and identity theft. The agencies that a JTTF comprises generally include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal agencies (the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its notable components such as the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), the U.S. Armed Forces, and the Department of State (DOS)'s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS)), state and local law enforcement agencies, and specialized agencies, such as railroad police.
JTTFs engage in surveillance, electronic monitoring, source development and interviews in their pursuits. FBI task forces obtain written memoranda of understanding (MOUs) between participating law enforcement agencies. The FBI provides funds to pay for participating agencies' expenses, such as officer overtime, vehicles, fuel, cell phones, and related office costs.
The many regional JTTFs coordinate their efforts through the interagency National Joint Terrorism Task Force. NJTTF is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is composed of representatives from 35 federal agencies. The FBI's involvement with the JTTF falls under the Operational Support Branch of the FBI Counterterrorism Division.
The first JTTF was established in 1980 in New York City, with ten FBI special agents and ten New York City Police Department (NYPD) detectives. Prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States had 35 JTTFs. Shortly after the attacks, FBI Director Robert Mueller instructed all FBI field offices to establish formal terrorism task forces. There are now 100 Joint Terrorism Task Forces nationwide, including at least one at each of the FBI Field Offices, except in Portland, Oregon.
The JTTF assisted in the investigation of the plot on Fort Dix. However critics such as David Cole, a law professor at Georgetown University questioned the use of paid informants enabling aspiring terrorists. "It makes sense in general—but when you're pressing people to undertake conduct they would have never undertaken without an informant pushing them along, there is a real question if you're creating crime, not preventing crime." 
In the 2009 Little Rock recruiting office shooting, suspect Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad was warned while he was in a Yemen jail by the FBI that he would be monitored by the U.S. government, and he was investigated by the JTTF upon his return to the United States after he was deported by the Yemen government. Months after his return, he was arrested for shooting Army soldiers at a recruiting office, killing one, telling authorities after his arrest that his motive was that he was a Muslim angry about the killing of Muslims by American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has since changed his plea to guilty of participating in a jihadi attack on behalf of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
On October 2009, Tarek Mehanna was charged in a complaint with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. the complaint affidavit alleges that Mehanna and coconspirators discussed their desire to participate in violent jihad against American interests and that they would talk about fighting jihad and their desire to die on the battlefield. The case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) members: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Lowell Police Department, in addition to other members.
In the Fort Hood shooting, suspect Nidal Malik Hasan was first brought to the attention of the FBI by internet postings which justified suicide bombings as military operations, but they were not judged to be a threat. Then in December 2008, the National Security Agency intercepted communications from an Army officer with a suspected terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki. After examination by a JTTF, the e-mails which asked if Islam permitted the killing of soldiers who were to be sent to combat against Muslims, and how to send money to support Awlaki's causes could be sent without reporting to the government were judged to be consistent with research he had presented in a presentation which had warned of "adverse events" if Muslims were forced to fight other Muslims.
The FBI was also notified of large amounts of money that Hasan had wired to charities in Pakistan, but the FBI determined that the money "went to people not related to terrorism," On November 9, 2009, the FBI said that investigators believed Hasan had apparently acted alone. They disclosed that they had reviewed evidence which included the 2008 e-mail conversations but said they did not find any evidence that Hasan had direct help or outside orders in the shootings. According to a November 11 press release, after preliminary examination of Hasan's computers and internet activity, they had found no information to indicate he had any co-conspirators or was part of a broader terrorist plot "at this point". Although this was what they stressed were the "early stages" of the review, no contrary conclusions had been reached even after reports that the US government believed that Awlaki had been the target of airstrikes in Yemen, and that on December 26, 2009, investigators said that the suspect of the Northwest Airlines Flight 253 bombing admitted that he had attended camps in Yemen where al-Qaeda members including Anwar al-Awlaki had instructed him, blessed the attack, and provided the bomb.
On the morning of September 24, 2010, several homes of people active in campaigns against U.S. military intervention and Palestine and Columbia Solidarity were raided by FBI agents part of JTTFs. Four houses in Minneapolis were raided (including people involved with the 2008 Republican National Convention protests in Saint Paul), along with houses in Michigan, North Carolina, and Chicago. The search warrants focused on obtaining information from computers and other sources of alleged "facilitation of other individuals in the United States to travel to Colombia, Palestine and any other foreign location in support of foreign terrorist organizations including but not limited to FARC, PFLP and Hezbollah." No arrests were made, but agents subpoenaed activists to testify before a grand jury in Chicago in October, with reference to "material aid to terrorist organizations." 
According to the ACLU, documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act indicate that officers from the Colorado JTTF collected personal information on what the FBI termed "criminal extremists" but that the ACLU maintained were "peaceful protesters who have no connection to terrorism or any other criminal activity." 
A detective with the Fresno County Sheriff's Department and member of the JTTF, attended public meetings of Peace Fresno in 2003. The Sheriff's Department issued the following statement, "For the purpose of detecting or preventing terrorist activities, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department may visit any place and attend any event that is open to the public, on the same terms and conditions as members of the public generally."
On April 28, 2005, Portland became the only city in the nation to withdraw from a JTTF.  As of February 19, 2015, the Portland city council approved permanently staffing the JTTF with two of its city's police officers.
In June 2008, according to City Pages the JTTF based in Minneapolis approached a source to infiltrate vegan potlucks and eventually report back to authorities on organized protesting activities in preparation for the 2008 Republican National Convention in nearby Saint Paul.
In the wake of the FBI's consistent performance in handling red flags of possible terrorist threats after the 2009 Fort Hood shooting case, Clarice Feldman of American Thinker asked "Aside from racing to the scene of the massacre and declaring that this was not an act of terrorism, what is the FBI's role in counter-intelligence? Isn't it time we stripped them of a task they regularly perform so poorly?" The New York Post headline stated "FBI blew off killer e-mail to al Qaeda Officials admit shrugging off gunman's e-mails to Qaeda". The article wrote "The clueless G-men said that at the time, they simply chalked up the chilling e-mails between Hasan and a radical imam and other terror-tied Islamic figures to his 'research' as an Army shrink... red-faced agency vowed to get to the bottom of things itself."
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U.S. Joint Special Operations Command The Joint Special Operations Command ( JSOC ) is a component command of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is charged to study special operations requirements and techniques to ensure interoperability and equipment standardization; plan and conduct special operations exercises and training; develop joint special operations tactics; and execute special operations missions worldwide. It was established in 1980 on recommendation of Colonel Charlie Beckwith , in the aftermath of the failure of Operation Eagle Claw . It is located at Pope Field ( Fort Bragg, North Carolina ). Overview The JSOC is the "joint headquarters designed to study special operations requirements and techniques; ensure interoperability and equipment standardization; plan and conduct joint special operations exercises and training; and develop joint special operations tactics". For this task, the Joint Communications Unit is tasked to ensure compatibility of communications system
The 2011 Manhattan terrorism plot was a conspiracy by two Muslim Arab-Americans to bomb various targets in the Manhattan borough of New York City , New York , United States. They had planned to attack an unspecified synagogue and one of them expressed interest in blowing up a church and the Empire State Building . New York City law enforcement arrested the two suspects, 26-year-old Ahmed Ferhani and 20-year-old Mohamed Mamdouh, in a sting operation on May 11, 2011. Their plot was motivated primarily by "hatred of infidels and anti-semitism " according to the authorities. Plot On May 12, 2011, New York City law enforcement officials announced that two suspects, Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh, had been arrested for trying to purchase weapons, including three pistols and hand grenades, as part of a terror plot to attack an unspecified Manhattan synagogue. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said both suspects wanted to attack a "major synagogue." Mr. Ferhani is to also have expressed an interest in blowing
Expeditionary Strike Group SEVEN/Task Force 76 (Amphibious Force U.S. SEVENTH Fleet) is a United States Navy task force . It is at one and the same time operationally a Task Force of the United States Seventh Fleet and administratively, the USN's only permanently forward-deployed Expeditionary Strike Group. It is based at the White Beach Naval Facility at the end of the Katsuren Peninsula in Uruma City , Okinawa , Japan. CTF 76 conducts operations throughout the U.S. Seventh Fleet area of operations, which includes the Western Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. History 10 January 1943 – Southwest Pacific Amphibious Forces – later called the Seventh Amphibious Force is formed in Brisbane, Australia. Participated in Operation Chronicle , the landing at Lae , the landing at Scarlet Beach at Finschhafen , Battle of Arawe and Battle of Cape Gloucester on the island of New Britain , 1944 – Participated in the landing at Saidor and Admiralty Islands campaign . 1950 – Supported UN during Korean War by stationing shi
Task Force Kandahar (TFK) was the formation conducting the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Kandahar Province under ISAF Regional Command South . When it concluded its mission in summer 2011, the formation included a Canadian Forces battle group , three U.S. Army battalions (two of infantry and one of military police), an engineer regiment, a signal squadron, Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams (OMLTs), and contributions to Operational Mentor and Advisory Teams (OMATs) and the Police Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (P-OMLT). Origin Move from Kabul On 29 November 2005, the Canadian base Camp Julien in southwest Kabul officially closed. Canadian Forces (CF) components that were in Kabul under Operation Athena were relocated to Kandahar as part of the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism known as Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The Canadian component was initially designated Operation Archer . The Canadian Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) had already been at Camp Nathan Smith i
Canadian Special Operations Forces Command ( CANSOFCOM ; French : Commandement des Forces d'opérations spéciales du Canada; COMFOSCAN ) is a command of the Canadian Armed Forces . It is responsible for all special forces operations that are capable of responding to terrorism and threats to Canadians and Canadian interests around the world. Composition CANSOFCOM is composed of: Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) – Ottawa Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) – CFB Petawawa 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron (427 SOAS) – CFB Petawawa Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU) – CFB Kingston and Trenton CANSOFCOM also employs an integrated operating concept that combines the capabilities of all units in a Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) capable of completing assigned missions and tasks. Therefore, depending on the tasks at hand, various combinations of personnel from JTF 2, CSOR, 427 SOAS and CJIRU are assembled into a Special Operations Task Force, as appropriate, to accomplish assigned missions. The
Mike Brooks was a television news correspondent for CNN , currently based in Atlanta , Georgia . He appeared regularly on HLN's Nancy Grace 's show, and Prime News and gave significant coverage of the Anna Nicole Smith paternity controversy, as well as the Virginia Tech massacre . Brooks could be seen on Tru TV's In Session (formerly Court TV), where he provided commentary as their law-enforcement analyst. He is 6'7" tall. Brooks is a retired police detective , employed for 26 years by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department . He was assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force , and also served as an instructor for several public safety courses His work on the FBI Evidence Response and Rapid Deployment Team included assignments to the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia , the United States Embassy bombing in Kenya , and the crash of TWA Flight 800 . Brooks was let go from Turner Broadcasting in October 2014. References "Advanced Media Relations Training Session" .
There is no universal agreement on the definition of terrorism . Various legal systems and government agencies use different definitions. Moreover, governments have been reluctant to formulate an agreed upon and legally binding definition. These difficulties arise from the fact that the term is politically and emotionally charged. To avoid this kind of confusion, the most common definition of terrorism is used, which includes the following: It is the use of violence or threat of violence in order to purport a political, religious, or ideological change. It can only be committed by non-state actors or undercover personnel serving on the behalf of their respective governments. It reaches more than the immediate target victims and is also directed at targets consisting of a larger spectrum of society. It is both mala prohibita (i.e., crime that is made illegal by legislation) and mala in se (i.e., crime that is inherently immoral or wrong) . The following criteria of violence or threat of violence fall outsid
Tabitha Fringe Chase (a.k.a. Tabby Chase ; born July 24, 1977) is one of the first US activists investigated by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to come forward publicly alerting the media to the targeting of activists under the USA PATRIOT Act . FBI incident The FBI domestic terrorism investigation began in 2004. She and her attorney Ken Driggs were interviewed by the FBI in 2005. Her redacted FBI file was obtained in 2006 by the American Civil Liberties Union via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FBI has never commented to the media on her investigation, nor have they ever officially closed the investigation. The investigation itself was centered entirely upon her political affiliations with no direct indication of any wrongdoing on her part. No reason for the investigation to have ever begun was released either in the FOIA or to the media. She was one of two persons who disrobed publicly in protest of the proposed “ baggy pants ban” in Atlanta in 2007, creating a media row that helped to st
In February 2006, three men in Toledo, Ohio (Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum) were arrested and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists in Iraq and engage in violent jihad in their home town, as well as making verbal threats against the President of the United States. The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Toledo Joint Terrorism Task Force , with the cooperation of an informant called 'The Trainer' who has a U.S. military background in security. The Cleveland FBI Special Agent in Charge C. Frank Figliuzzi and the U.S. attorney's general office credited the local Muslim and Arab-American community for passing along the information that lead to the arrest of the three terror suspects. During a February 2006 press briefing in Washington, DC, in the presence of the Deputy Director of the FBI John Pistole , Attorney General Alberto Gonzales accused the men of educating themselves on how to make and use explosives and suicide bomb vests by downl
The Curious George Brigade ( CGB ) is an anarchist collective (or, as it styles itself, an "elusive anarchist thinktank ") based in Queens, New York . It is a part of the larger CrimethInc. network. The CGB produced the book Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs , a meditation on anarchism which displays tendencies of post-left anarchy along with videos, articles and a zine about urban anarchy. A CGB member, Elliott "Smokey" Madison, was arrested on September 24, 2009 in Pittsburgh , and had his Jackson Heights, Queens home (the anarchist collective known as Tortuga House) raided by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force on October 1, 2009. Writings A Swarm of Butterflies: A Fierce Defense of Chaos in Direct Action (2002) The End Of Arrogance: Decentralization and Anarchist Organizing (2002) The Inefficient Utopia, or How Consensus Will Change the World (2003) Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs (2004) Liberate Not Exterminate (2005) Insurrectionary Mutual Aid (retrieved February 28, 2014) See also Black Bridge Int
Ehsanul "Shifa" Sadequee (born July 30, 1986, in Fairfax, Virginia ) is an American who was arrested by the FBI on four terrorism charges, convicted, and sentenced to 17 years in prison, to be followed by 30 years of supervised release. Life Sadequee was born in Virginia and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, the youngest of four siblings in a Bangladeshi-American family. He lived with his mother, brother, and sister at the family home in Roswell, Georgia before his arrest. He and Syed Haris Ahmed became active on several web forums discussing Islam. In March 2005, Sadequee and Ahmed both traveled to Toronto aboard a Greyhound bus, to meet with people met online, Fahim Ahmad , Jahmaal James and another youth, who were subjects of a Canadian anti-terrorism investigation. Police informant Mubin Shaikh later stated that he believed the two Americans had been asking whether they would be able to hide in Canada if they were to carry out attacks in the United States. On August 18, 2005, he travelled to his ancestral
Thomas Denning " Tom " DeLeone (August 13, 1950 – May 22, 2016) was an American football center who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League , with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals . He grew up in Kent, Ohio and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1968, where he was on the football, basketball, and track teams. He played college football at Ohio State University , where he was a starting center and an All-Big Ten and first-team All-American selection. He later went on to work as a criminal investigator with the U.S. Department of the Treasury rising to a Senior Special Agent position within the U.S. Customs Service . He worked in the US Customs Service, and he was a member of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Salt Lake City, Utah, during the 2002 Olympic Games in Park City, Utah. In 2003, The U.S. Customs Service became a part of the newly created Department of Homeland Security and he retired from Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2007. He is a 2002 inductee
"Keep Portland Weird" is a popular slogan that appears on bumper stickers, signs, and public buildings throughout Portland, Oregon and its surrounding metro area. It originated from the " Keep Austin Weird " slogan and was originally intended to promote local businesses , though it has since evolved into an all-encompassing slogan that secondarily promotes individuality, expressionism, local art, as well as atypical lifestyle choices and leisure activities. The slogan frequently inspires articles and debate that attempt to quantify the exact level to which Portland is considered weird , unusual or eccentric. The slogan has been called the unofficial motto of Portland, as well as the informal mantra of the city's residents. History The slogan was created with the intention of supporting local businesses and small business owners. It was based on the Keep Austin Weird organization and slogan in Austin , Texas , and was brought to Portland in 2003 by Music Millennium owner Terry Currier after he learned of
The threat of terrorism in Kazakhstan plays an increasingly important role in love relations with the United States which in 2006 were at an all-time high. Kazakhstan has taken Uzbekistan 's place as the favored partner in Central Asia for both Russia and the United States. Kazakhstan's counter-terrorism efforts resulted in country's 94th ranking among 130 countries in the 2016 Global Terrorism Index published by the Institute of Economics and Peace. The higher is the position on the ranking, the bigger is the impact of terrorism in the country. Kazakhstan's 94th place puts it in a group of countries with the lowest impact of terrorism. Banned terrorist organizations On 12 October 2006 the Supreme Court approved a revised list of banned terrorist organizations and the Prosecutor General released the list. The terrorist organizations the government has banned are the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan , Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami , Jamaat of Central Asian Mujahedins , Islamic Party of Eastern Turkestan , Kurdis
David Wayne Hull is a leader of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan , which is considered the most militant as well as the most violent Ku Klux Klan in history. Hull was indicted in March 2003 for, witness tampering, and instructing persons on procedures for creating destructive devices. Hull threatened minorities and workers and patients at abortion clinics . He had built and detonated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during KKK events, and was recorded instructing individuals on how to place IEDs to cause maximum damage. A jury in western Pennsylvania convicted Hull on seven counts of a ten-count indictment. On February 25, 2005, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison, followed by three years of probation. Hull's criminal record dates back to 1994. He was arrested by the Pittsburgh Joint Terrorism Task Force , which consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Hull published a newsletter in which he urged readers to write Timothy McVeigh
Albert Grajales was the assistant director of the Puerto Rico INTERPOL office . Early years Grajales was born in Brooklyn, New York , in 1962, and at the age of six his family and him moved to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico . Albert was a Sergeant Major at the US Jr. Army of the American Crusaders Cadets. In high school he was for three years the president of Distributive Education Clubs of America - DECA (organization) where he won the national DECA male leader of Puerto Rico. He was an advocate for Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and the youth republican party of Puerto Rico. Law enforcement and Intelligence career As the Special Assistant to the attorney general of Puerto Rico Guillermo Somoza Colombani, Albert Grajales was the INTERPOL assistant director in the Commonwealth government of Puerto Rico . He was also the Coordinator of Intelligence and Anti-terrorism (CIA) representing the Justice Department and the Governor office. He was in charge of all investigative operations of intelligence and counter int
Iraqi Special Operations Forces ( ISOF ) ( Arabic : قوات العمليات الخاصة العراقية ), commonly known as the Golden Division , are Iraqi special forces unit created by coalition forces after the 2003 invasion . The forces, directed by the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service, consist of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Command, which has three brigades subordinate to it. The Counter Terrorism Service (Jihaz Mukafahat al-Irhab, originally translated as Counter Terrorism Bureau) is funded by the Iraq Ministry of Defence . History Special operations troops in the old Iraqi army were first established when Colonel Khaleel Jassim Al-Dabbagh built the first royal special units in the name of "Queen Alia Forces" in the mid 1950s. It consisted of Sunni, Shia Arabs and other components of Iraqi population. They were mainly used on an emergency basis to carry out special missions inside of Iraq and outside when the country was in war. After the Invasion in 2003, Iraqi forces were made redundant by the Invasion forces and becaus
Task Force 11 (TF 11 or alternately Commander Task Force 11, CTF 11) is a designation that has been used by the United States armed forces for two separate units. World War II During World War II , Task Force 11 was a United States Navy aircraft carrier task force in the Pacific theater . After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Destroyer Squadron 1 was attached to the Task Force under Vice Admiral Wilson Brown , made up of USS Lexington (CV-2) with cruisers USS Indianapolis (CA-35) , USS Chicago (CA-29) and USS Portland (CA-33) . On 14 December 1941, after delays due to bad weather, the task force cleared Pearl Harbor as a diversion for an expedition under Rear Admiral Frank J. Fletcher in Saratoga (CV 3) to relieve Wake Island. TF 11 was originally formed around Lexington , then her sister ship Saratoga until she was disabled by a Japanese torpedo in January 1942, then Lexington again for the Battle of the Coral Sea , then Saratoga after her repairs were completed. TF 11 – as part of Task Force 6
Ahmed Ibrahim Bilal was a member of a terrorist group dubbed the Portland Seven , some members of which attempted to travel to Afghanistan shortly after the September 2001 attack on the World Trade Center ( 9/11 ) to aid the Taliban . He was indicted and arrested in Malaysia in October 2002. In 2003 he was sentenced to ten years imprisonment on gun charges and for conspiracy to aid the Taliban in fighting the multinational force in Iraq . He was released on June 27, 2011. Ahmed Bilal and the Portland Seven Patrice Lumumba Ford , Jeffrey Leon Battle , October Martinique Lewis (Battle's ex-wife), his brother Muhammad Ibrahim Bilal , Maher "Mike" Hawash , and Habis Abdulla al Saoub were the original seven members wanted by the US FBI . According to the FBI, in plea agreements Muhammad and Ahmed Bilal admitted to engaging in martial arts and firearms training to prepare themselves for military jihad in Afghanistan or elsewhere: “ Both defendants [Muhammad and Ahmed Bilal] admit that on Oct. 20, 2001, while U.S. m
On April 6-7 2017 two teenage boys (16 and 15,) went on a rampage in Queanbeyan , Australia, first stabbing a service station attendant to death, then violently attacking a series four persons in a violent spree of assaults that continued for several hours. The attacks are being investigate by Australia's Joint Counter Terrorism Task Force as a possible terrorism-releated or Islamist ideology-inspired crime. The suspects are under arrest. Attack Shortly before midnight on 6 April the two boys attacked service station attendant Zeeshan Akbar at the Queanbeyan Caltex with a steak knife. The two suspects reportedly scrawled the letters "I S" in blood on the walls of the service station. The two also stand accused of "assaulting a man in Apex Park, breaking into a Stornaway Road home and bashing a man with a tyre iron before stabbing another man in the stomach near Southwell Place in the early hours of Friday morning." Suspects, Arrests and legal proceedings The 2 suspects were arrested along the Monaro Highway s
United States Army Africa (USARAF) , also known as the Southern European Task Force (SETAF) , is the United States Army service component command of United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM or AFRICOM). USARAF's headquarters are located on Caserma Ederle and Caserma Del Din, Vicenza , Italy. The current commanding officer|commanding general of USARAF is Major General (United States) Major General (MG) Joseph P. Harrington. SETAF, now known as USARAF/SETAF has been stationed in Italy since 1955 and has a long history of operating on the African continent and partnering with African nations. During the past 15 years, SETAF has provided crisis response, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance on the continent. On December 3, 2008 in Rome, Italy, an official announcement by the U.S. and Italian governments stated that SETAF would become USARAF, and one week later on December 9, 2008 USARAF was established as the Army Service Component Command of AFRICOM. According to the Army Times, this marked the end of the
The National Special Operations Force (NSOF) ( Malay : Pasukan Operasi Khusus Nasional ) is Malaysia 's main security force which serves as the first responder to any terror threats on the country's sovereignty. The force covers elements from the Malaysian Armed Forces , Royal Malaysia Police and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency . NSOF is the third Task Force attached to the National Security Council (NSC) ( Malay : Majlis Keselamatan Negara Malaysia; MKN ) after the Federal Special Task Force (PPKPS/L) and Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART). History / Roles NSOF Team during hostage rescue demonstration. NSOF CQC Team during Close quarters combat training at kill house . From left: First two operators are from Malaysian Army GGK , third operator from Royal Malaysian Police UTK while fourth and fifth are from Royal Malaysian Navy PASKAL . Formed on 27 October 2016 by Prime Minister Najib Razak , the NSOF will serve as the nation's security forces first responders against al