ask Force 121 is a classic example of the United State's 'Joint Task Force' concept of conducting Special Operations. TF121 is a multiservice force commanded by an Air Force Brigadier General. The spearhead of the force is a forty-man team that is most likely made up of operators from Delta, Devgroup and the CIA's paramilitary units (many of whom are ex Delta and Devgroup anyway). Other Special Operations contributions will include Air Force Combat Controllers and Special Operations aircraft. It is also not unlikely that operators from Coalition nations (particularly the British and Australian SAS and Poland's GROM) are involved in TF121. The team operates with the support of a much larger conventional force when required.
Task Force 121's primary mission is the apprehension of "High Value Targets" or HVTs. These are key figures in organizations that the "War on Terror" is currently being waged against. The most obvious HVTs are Osama bin Laden and other senior leaders of Al Qaeda, Mulla Omar and other senior leaders of the Taliban and high ranking officials of the former Iraqi Regime (which until recently included Saddam Hussein and his sons Uday and Qusay). TF121 is a combination of the now defunct Task Force 5 and Task Force 20, which operated in Afghanistan and Iraq respectively. Apparently, General John Abizaid, commander of all US forces in the Middle East concluded it was wasteful to maintain two complete teams and their associated support structure simultaneously and decided to combine both teams into a single streamlined force.
The task force has been organized in such a way that it has a close relationship with intelligence personnel (CIA operators are an integral part of the unit) and has timely and unhindered access to any relevant data gathered by intelligence agencies in the area. Such a set-up is invaluable to any Special Operations team, and especially so to one whose primary mission is hunting elusive fugitives who change hideouts frequently and randomly.
It appears that TF121 has managed to minimize the problems inherent in multiservice setups and attain some of their objectives. On July 21st, 2003, Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay were killed in a firefight with TF20 operators and soldiers from 101st Airborne. On the 13th of December, 2003, Operation Red Dawn netted HVT #1, Saddam Hussein himself. Within hours of intelligence narrowing down the target to two possible locations, TF121 was able to coordinate the raid with 600 soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division's 1st Brigade combat team. TF121 will no doubt also have played a key role in the netting of various other HVTs