I wrote yesterday about the developing opportunity for new SOF missions in Mali and perhaps Algeria, if the Algerians and French would stand aside. Today in London, SecDef issued what sounded to me like a warning order:
Terrorists should be on notice that they will find no sanctuary, no refuge, not in Algeria, not in North Africa, not anywhere. Those who would wantonly attack our country and our people will have no place to hide.
Not that JSOC wasn't already working on Algeria and Mali. I know the optempo for our SOF guys has been pretty high for a long time. Still, this seems to me like it'll be the first SOF deployment in what will become a SOF-centric decade ahead. Buckle seatbelts!.