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JSOC Covert Ops in the Philippines?

On the night of February 2nd, 2012, a bomb was dropped on a terrorist cell’s meeting in progress taking place in The Philippines southern Sulu Province. The resulting explosion killed three terrorist leaders as well as twelve other members of the infamous Al-Qeada associated Jemaah Islamiyah, or JI for short.

In addition to killing the terrorist leader Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also among the dead were “the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf bandits, Umbra Jumdail alias Dr. Abu Pula, and a Singaporean leader in JI, Abdullah Ali, who used the guerrilla name Muawiyah,” according to the Sun Star report.


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is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • Corps Hornet Driver

    "Who, or what guided it to its target?"   A PI OV-10C, I hardly think so.   A MQ-9 with a GBU-39/B JDAM would do the trick quite nicely. Now who flies those things against a target such as the one destroyed in Sulu Province?   One can only guess...   As far as verification of target(s) for weapon release, well, once again we can only guess.

  • Karlo Espiritu

    Just to add, the Phil Air Force has the capability to use precision guided weapons using OV10s even before that fateful day in Feb.   http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=30346.0   http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=30346.30   It is highly likely indeed, that Americans were present on ground the ground too to. But to answer some posts 8 months ago, we (the Pinoys) have very credible SOF units in all the three branches (and the National Police too). They are all very experienced since they've been fighting this war for a long time. And despite the lack of some equipment or other support that could've made a difference in combat, alot of time they (SOF) came through. The Pinoy SOFs and the AFP establishment in particular did learn alot from the Americans especially in the C3 level which made the employment of SOF units more efficient and effective in the past 10 or so years.   But whether Americans, Aussies, Brits, or Filipinos, they have one goal, one enemy. And like what was said in one of the articles here, one team, one fight.   Cheers!    

  • ajgamble

    Cool article and good posts from the guys. One of the reasons I like this site because of all the dots being  found, examined, and connected. And on another, totally immature note, would the aircrew or whoever targeted the bomb be considered MILF Hunter's now? Lame, but I couldn't resist.

  • Gengiskhan6

    Same shit that has happened with operation Neptune in Abottabad ... direct speeches:   PakistanPhilippines : It has been our operation U.S.: no it's me, it wasn't you PP: no it was me. U.S.: ok it was you but I did everything important PP: no you didn't we did the intelligence you just did something stupid ... and so on ...

  • ArcticWarrior

    Jack, Good job putting the puzzle together, your on ABC's web site. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/secret-us-role-revealed-in-anti-terror-op-report/   SOFREP out hustling the MSM