In a world which the sheer size of country’s military is no longer the only guide to its effectiveness, the existence of Special Forces can be counted as the most formidable units a country can boast. They go where other troops fear to tread, scoping out potential threats, taking out strategic targets, and conducting daring rescue missions.
These troops have been through rigorous training exercises designed to weed out those who can’t hit their exacting standards, in order to get the job done These really are the best of the best. According to thewondrous.com, we present you the top list of world’s best – yet deadliest Special Forces. You may know this, and try not to mess up with them. Got a war, civil uprising or special mission you need sorted? Call in these deadliest forces and then hope for the best.
1. U.S Navy SEALs
The United States Navy Sea, Air and Land (SEAL) team was created in 1962. Renowned for for their ability to work underwater and deal with special reconnaissance, counter terrorism, hostage rescue and unconventional warfare, the Sea-Air-Land operators go through years of training and, especially post 9/11, endure an incredible operation tempo. Many foreign militaries base their own special ops on the SEALs.
Famous Ops: A team authorized by Barack Obama killed Osama bin Laden in his compound in Pakistan. Three Navy SEALs also killed three Somalian pirates when they held a captain hostage.
2. Alpha Group
Created by the KGB in 1974, Alpha Group was famously known as the elite antiterrorism unit. The official name is Directorate "A" of the FSB Special Purpose Center (TsSN FSB), is an elite, stand-alone sub-unit of Russia's Special Forces. It is a dedicated counter-terrorism task force of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
Famous Ops : The 2004 Beslan school hostage rescue crisis, where 1200 hostages were held by Chechen separatists ended with 31 dead terrorists. A good result except them also terminated more than 350 civilians.
3. The Kaibiles
Established in 1975, The Guatemala’s fearless counter revolutionary commando forces are expert in jungle warfare and insurgency ops. Their motto is, “If I advance, follow me. If I stop, urge me on. If I retreat, kill me.”
Famous Ops: Eight Kaibiles were killed and five wounded in an ambush in Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping force. The dead soldiers were part of a botched operation to capture the deputy commander of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army.
4. Sayeret Matkal
This Israeli’s defense forces expert in small arms, martial arts and gathering intelligence from deep down behind enemy lines. During the selection camp (Gibbush), the recruits endure a hardcore training exercises while being constantly monitored by doctors and psychologists, because only the strongest could get into the troops.
Famous ops: Operation Entebbe, a rescue mission to free hostages held on Air France flight 139 at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport in 1976. One Israeli soldier, 45 Ugandan soldiers, six hijackers and three hostages were killed in the operation, which at least managed to free 100 hostages.
The name “Kopassus” is the acronym of “Komando Pasukan Khusus (Special Forces Commands)” that was established as Indonesia’s special forces in 1952. They conducts many special operations and missions such as direct action, unconventional warfare, counter – insurgency, counter – terrorism, intelligence gathering and sabotage.
Famous ops: In 1981, an Islamic extremist group hijacked Garuda Flight 206. After the aircraft landed, Kopassus commando executed a fast-paced operation, killing three hijackers and freeing 50 passengers.
6. Special Service Group (SSG)
Known as the “Black Storks” because of the commandos’ unique headgear, the special forces of Pakistan is one of the best in the world. They conduct seriously tooled-up fighting force, carry out unconventional warfare, sabotage, intelligence gathering, close quarter battle and espionage. To be a part of the troop, someone has to finished several training include 36 mile march in 12 hours and 5 mile run in 50 minutes in full-gear.
Famous ops: In 1994, Afghan hijackers commandeered a school bus packed with 74 children and eight teachers. With negotiations leading nowhere, SSG commandos used an explosion as a distraction and then killed the three hijackers.
7. Delta Force
A seriously hyped-up US army special ops force, otherwise known as the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D). Delta Force is one of the U.S. special missions units primarily focused on the counter-terrorism mission.
Famous ops: They played important roles in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, allegedly entering Baghdad in advance to guide air strikes and sabotage Iraqi communication lines.
8. British SAS
The British Special Air Service is the infantry counterpart to the Special Boat Service. Their insignia bears the phrase “Who dares wins.” The SAS eat close target recon and counter-revolutionary warfare for breakfast. They’re at home in mountains, jungles, deserts and urban environments, and are tops at making a fortune writing bestselling books when they retire.
Famous ops: Ended the 1980 hostage crisis at the Iranian embassy in London. The troopers employed stun grenades to disorient the terrorists and killed five out of six and saved 19 hostages.
9. Eko Cobra
Austria’s crack counter-terrorism unit featuring 200 men are apparently highly respected for their climbing abilities and experts at Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions.
Famous ops: In 1996, four Cobras were on board an Aeroflot Tupolev 154 escorting deported prisoners to Lagos. An escaped Nigerian prisoner threatened the aircrew with a knife and demanded to be taken to Germany or South Africa. This is the only unit that have ended a plane hijacking while still actually in the air.
10. Special Air Service Regiment
The Special Forces of Australia’s Army is commonly known as SAS. Broken up into three squadrons, the troops specialize in counter-terrorism, surveillance and reconnaissance and other assault operations.
Famous ops: SAS troopers Mark Donaldson and Ben Roberts-Smith were awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia for their gallant acts performed while serving in Afghanistan.