NO. 5 Special forces are called on when the scenario is too complex for regular forces. The Special Forces comprise of men who are cut above the rest and are equipped with the best weapons & strategies. Depending on the country, special forces may perform some of the following functions: airborne operations, counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, covert ops, hostage rescue, high-value targets elimination, intelligence operations, and unconventional warfare. In this video, Defense Updates lists the top 5 Special Forces along with some of their covert operations. So, let's get started. Extreme training makes MARCOS tough nuts to crack. An Indian MARCO on an exchange program in the US topped the US Navy SEAL course with ease. All MARCOS are static line para jump qualified, and some are qualified for free-fall para jumps – High Altitude Low Opening and HighAltitude High Opening (HALO/HAHO). In fact, MARCOS are a handful of special forces from around the world that are capable of being para dropped into the sea with the full combat load. Their prowess can be judged by the fact that there is only 2-member MARCOS team guarding the 250 square km Wular Lake, preventing it from being used by Pakistan based terrorists to infiltrate India. 1. In 1988, the MARCOS, as a part of Op Cactus, thwarted an attempted coup in the Maldives. They also captured the boat with 46 mercenaries and their hostages that had escaped after the failed coup attempt. 2. During the Mumbai attacks in 2008, they stormed the Oberoi Trident and Taj hotels and took out the terrorist in the complex maze of rooms.
No. 4 Spetsgruppa "A", also known as Alpha Group 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). It was originally created by the Soviet KGB in 1974. Although little is known about the exact nature of its primary directives, it is speculated that the unit is authorized to act under the direct control and sanction of Russia's top political leadership. 1. Four Soviet diplomats were kidnapped in September 1985 by a fundamentalist group called the Islamic Liberation Organization. Russia dispatched its Alpha group. With help from KGB, it captured the kidnapper's leaders & relatives. Alpha group members castrated the leader, cut him down into pieces, and sent him to the hostage-takers. They also threatened to kill more of the kidnapper's relatives if the Soviet diplomats were not freed. As a result, the 3 hostages were released and dropped off near the Soviet Embassy and no Russian officials were ever taken captive since then. 2. On 23 October 2002, a crowded theater in Moscow was seized by 40-armed Chechens that involved 850 hostages. The hostage-takers hand grenades, mines, and improvised explosive devices strapped to their bodies and had deployed more explosives throughout the theater. On 26th, after a chemical infusion in the building, Alpha Group stormed the theater and eliminated all the 40 terrorists.
No. 3 Sayeret Matkal is a Special Forces unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). First and foremost a field intelligence-gathering unit, conducting deep reconnaissance behind enemy lines to obtain strategic intelligence, Sayeret Matkal is also tasked with counter-terrorism and hostage rescue beyond Israel's borders. Solid training and innovative weapons and lots of exposure, make them one of the most deadly. 1. On 27 June, an Air France plane with 248 passengers had been hijacked by two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The flight, which had originated in Tel Aviv with the destination of Paris, was diverted and was landed at the main airport of Uganda. The Ugandan government supported the hijackers, and dictator Idi Amin personally welcomed them. Operation Entebbe took place at night. Israeli transport planes carried 100 SayeretMatkal commandos over 4,000 km to Uganda for the rescue operation. All the hijackers, three hostages, and 45 Ugandan soldiers were killed, and 11 Soviet-built MiG-17s and MiG-21s of Uganda's air force were destroyed. 2. In mid-August 2007, Israeli commandos from the Sayeret Matkal reconnaissance unit dressed in Syrian uniforms covertly raided the suspected Syrian nuclear facility and brought nuclear material back to Israel. Once the material was tested and confirmed to have come from North Korea and radioactive traces were found, Israel took out the facility with an airstrike.
No. 2 The SEALS undergo exhaustive training and are supplied with some of the highest tech equipment. The SEALS have advantages over others because of the unparalleled US military budget, which provides them with training in every geographical& climate scenario. The US has been active in wars around the globe since the Cold War, providing the SEALS with actual battlefield experience and exposure to many complex scenarios. 1. On 1 to 2, May 2011 SEALS undertook the covert operation codenamed Operation Neptune Spear, under the CIA's authority, and killed Osama bin Laden, leader of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda. The seals were able to infiltrate the military city of Abbottabad undetected and were able to carry out the main objective, as well as collect valuable data from the compound which were instrumental in taking out high-value al Qaeda targets later. 2. MV Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship was seized by pirates 240 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia, in waters notorious for piracy. After a confrontation with the crew, 4 of the hijackers fled in the ship's lifeboat, taking Captain Richard Phillips with them as a hostage. Navy Seals operators flew non-stop from Virginia to the Horn of Africa. The leader of the pirate group was lured onto the USS Bainbridge, on the pretext of negotiation and was disarmed. When the first opportunity appeared 3 SEALS’ssnipers fired simultaneously, killing all 3 pirates at once with headshots. Captain Phillips was then successfully rescued.
No. 1 SAS is the most highly trained unit in the world. Colonel David Sterling created them during World War 2 with one purpose, to destroy the Nazi war machine. All Special Forces base their training on the SAS training. A SAS operative is unique, as each person is also trained by MI-5 and MI-6 for in-depth counter-espionage, apart from tactical training. 1. During World War 2, in 15 months the SASdestroyed over 250 aircraft, dozens of supply dumps, wrecked railways, and telecommunications and put hundreds of Nazi vehicles out of action and also killed a massive number of enemy soldiers. 2. From 30 April to 5 May 1980, a group of 6-armed men stormed the Iranian embassy in South Kensington, London, and took 26 people hostage. After failed negotiation, on day 6, the government ordered the SAS to conduct and assault, and Operation Nimrod was initiated to rescue the hostages. Shortly afterward, SAS commandos dropped down from the roof of the building and forced entry through the windows. During the 17-minute raid, they rescued all but one of the remaining hostages, and killed 5 of the 6 hostage-takers, and captured one.