Special Report

The World’s 20 Most Elite Special Forces

Special Services Group
> Country: Pakistan
> Also known as: SSG Pak, Black Storks, Maroon Berets
> Type: Special forces
> Role: Special operations, counterterrorism, unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, hostage rescue, personnel recovery

GIGN
> Country: France
> Also known as: Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale (National Gendarmerie Intervention Group)
> Type: Police tactical unit
> Role: counterterrorism, law enforcement, special operations, hostage rescue,

Sayeret Matkal
> Country: Israel
> Also known as: General Staff Reconnaissance Unit 269 or 262
> Type: Sayeret (reconnaissance) field intelligence-gathering unit
> Role: Special operations, special reconnaissance, direct action, hostage rescue, counterterrorism, military intelligence, sabotage, counterintelligence

Alpha Group
> Country: Russia
> Also known as: Directorate “A” of the FSB (main successor to the KGB) Special Purpose Center, Alfa Group
> Type: Spetsnaz (special operations forces)
> Role: Special operations, counterterrorism, hostage rescue, law enforcement, special reconnaissance, sabotage, military intelligence

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Navy SEALs
> Country: USA
> Also known as: The Teams; Sea, Air, and Land Teams
> Type: Special operations force
> Role: Special operations, special warfare, direct action, counterterrorism, special reconnaissance, amphibious reconnaissance, unconventional warfare, hostage rescue, underwater reconnaissance and demolition

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