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Special Forces


(1) Subunits and units designated to perform special combat missions, such as maintenance of communications and engineering support, and having special technical equipment. Special forces in the armed forces of the USSR include engineer troops, communications troops, chemical troops, radio construction and maintenance troops, motor transport troops, and road troops. The armed forces of other countries have similar special forces. For example, in the USA such units are combat support units.

(2) In the armed forces of the USA, Great Britain, Israel, and certain other capitalist countries, there are special forces designated to destroy important installations deep in the enemy rear, undermine enemy fighting power, perform psychological warfare missions, carry out missions to mislead the enemy, and organize and carry out diversionary and subversion missions and sabotage. The units are staffed with mercenaries who undergo special training, including study of the appropriate foreign language. The mercenaries include many traitors who have fled their countries after committing political or criminal offenses. Special forces were widely used during the US aggression in Vietnam in the period 1964–73.

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As NATO settled into the largely passive routine of the Cold War, with the prospect of Armageddon looming daily, there appeared to be little requirement for Special Forces.
British special forces stayed behind in Afghanistan at the end of 2014 to help create and train a local special forces unit.
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Conceiving them as part of a global special forces network speaks both to the seeming ubiquity of the private security industry and the challenges special forces, especially the US variety, currently encounter.
The drill is aimed at further deepening exchanges between the special forces of the two neighboring countries and enhancing their capabilities of training and performing special operations.
Eslam Hussam Saeed Al Toubasi, 22, was officially announced dead when Israeli Special Forces raided his house in the camp and shot him in the leg.
The newly appointed interim Chief of Staff General Salem Gunaidi warned of the danger of a bloodbath if they gunmen did refrain from attacking the Special Forces and other military facilities.
It was important to have a tight liaison and to coordinate with allied units before issuing orders, so the International Joint Force/Special Operations Force cell appointed a French special forces officer to liaise with the British and Afghan special forces detachments.
It is understood the Marine was serving with the Special Forces but the MoD does not comment specifically on Special Forces deaths.
American and Canadian special forces are also hunting the Taliban.
Army SOF (ARSOF) includes approximately 30,000 soldiers from the Active Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve who are organized into Special Forces, Ranger, and special operations aviation units, along with civil affairs units, psychological operations units, and special operations support units.

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