The Most Effective Special Operations Forces Around The World

Within most branches of a country’s military, there are special forces. These are made up of highly skilled and highly trained soldiers that are charged with handling some of the most dangerous, covert operations around the world. NATO has described special operations as “military activities conducted by specially designated, organized, trained, and equipped forces, manned with selected personnel, using unconventional tactics, techniques, and modes of employment.” Coming into existence in the early 20th century, special forces have grown significantly while also becoming more and more exclusive — and deadly. While many people just think about Navy SEALs or the Russian Spetsnaz, there are equally as revered forces all around the world. Check them out here.

The British Special Air Service

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The Special Air Service (SAS) is a special forces unit of the British Army. Founded in 1941 as a regiment, it was reconstituted in 1950 as a corps. The unit takes care of many military matters including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action, and hostage rescue.

The British Government nor the Ministry of defense comment on the SAS as much of the information and actions of the unit are classified. Although founded decades ago, the SAS demonstrated its skills to the world during the televised rescue of the hostages during the 1980 Iranian Embassy Seige.