After bin Laden victory, lawmakers seek to increase special ops funding

Commandos may be asked to shift focus to counterterrorism

Special Operations Forces, the commandos who hunted down and killed Osama bin Laden, would have a stronger role in fighting terrorism under a House bill being considered this week.

The panel that oversees those forces, the House Armed Services Committee's Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, wants change the forces' command structure to focus on counterterrorism and to tell Congress what it will need to “support special operations counterterrorism, unconventional warfare and irregular warfare,” writes Spencer Ackerman in Wired.com’s Danger Room.

Funding for counterterrorism missions would increase from $5 million to $50 million and Congress would be kept abreast of operations in quarterly briefings, the article said.

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