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Obama embraces JSOC, grants expanded authority to launch attacks on terror cells

President Obama is giving the next commander in chief a welcoming gift: a new anti-terror task force that can sidestep bureaucratic hurdles to attack terror cells anywhere in the world.

Republican President-elect Donald Trump will walk into the White House in January with a more powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) than perhaps he anticipated on the campaign trail. Senior administration officials and military sources have confirmed the existence of the Counter-External Operations Task Force, or Ex-Ops, which will work outside conventional conflict zones.

“Layers have been stripped away for the purposes of stopping external networks,” a defense official told The Washington Post Friday. “There has never been an ex-ops command team that works trans-regionally to stop attacks.” – READ MORE