The United States Special Forces are the world’s most elite troops. These servicemen get around.
American special operations troops deployed to 138 nations last year or 70 percent of the world’s countries according to official Special Operations Command data published by TomDispatch. In Africa, deployments of elite U.S. forces skyrocketed 1,600 percent.
In the news recently, U.S. Special Operations Command launched a raid in Yemen’s Baida Province on Jan 29, targeting Qassim al-Rimi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The first high-profile special forces operation of Trump’s presidency, the raid resulted in the deaths of at least 14 Al Qaeda fighters. Sadly, we lost Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens. Unfortunately, al-Rimi survived the raid. This led to an unfortunate statement by Senator John McCain calling the raid “a failure.”
American Special Forces have found themselves on the frontlines constantly since 9/11, conducting operations everywhere from the dusty back alleys of North Africa to the snow-capped mountains of Afghanistan. Even though they have made headlines for high-profile operations like the raid on Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, the vast majority of special forces missions across the world involve training friendly soldiers to fight, mainly so Americans don’t have to.