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Joint Special Operations Group

In the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, the US military began a more active program of assistance to Philippine security forces for the purposes of conduct anti-terrorism missions there. The United States deployed various units to the Philippines as part of Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines, including Task Force 510 from US Special Operations Command, Pacific (SOCPAC). Task Force 510 deployed to the country in 2002 and immediately began working to assist the Republic of the Philippines in their campaigns against the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah groups, both linked to Al Qaeda.

A product of this cooperation was the organization between 2002 and 2003 of a joint service special warfare unit called the Joint Special Operations Group (JSOG) as the AFP's anti-terrorism strike force. The unit was to include 3 light reaction companies, one company from the Philippine Air Forces's 710th Special Operations Wing of the Air Force, one company from the Naval Special Warfare Group, one section from the K-9 company and one Explosives Ordinance and Demolition (EOD) company. US personnel were active in the training of the unit's various component parts. The unit was based at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Headquarters.

By 2004, JSOG consisted of a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3 EOD teams, 3 K-9 teams, the Philippine Army's Light Reaction Battalion, the Philippine Air Force's 723rd Special Operations Squadron, SEAL Team 8 from the Navy's Special Warfare Group, and Special Operations Tactical Airlift and Helicopter Flights.




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