Your Special Forces. They fight anywhere they are needed.

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.

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4 Responses to Your Special Forces. They fight anywhere they are needed.

  1. Pat says:

    McCain should be appreciated for surviving torture etc in a North Vietnamese prison camp and whatever leadership impact he had with other prisoners but other than that, he apparently was an average pilot and has been an average politician with mixed reviews. His war record, while remarkable in some ways, doesn’t make him any more a hero than other servicemen in Vietnam. And certainly not an authority to call the raid by these Special Forces a “failure”! Or perhaps he thinks the risks taken on 9/11 and the deaths of brave fire and police officers were failures simply because they couldn’t save the thousands who perished! I don’t consider him qualified to make such judgments! He should be ashamed of letting his dislike for Trump color his opinions!

  2. starchildsf says:

    Fascinating map – 138 countries! All of them allegedly somehow vital to U.S. national security, I suppose. It would be interesting to know the number of troops deployed to each country and what specifically they did there. At least they weren’t all fighting wars. I’m struck by the phrase “training friendly soldiers to fight” however, given that many of the countries indicated on the map are dictatorships. It begs the questions, training them to fight *for whom*, and *against whom*?

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