The editors of the British newspaper the Independent has published a list of the most effective special forces world armies operating not only on the territory of the country, including this list of special forces of General staff of the IDF (Sayeret Matkal).
The publication notes that it is difficult to assess which of these forces is stronger and most feared enemy.
TOP 8 special units of the armies of the world, according to the Independent
1. «Navy seals» of the U.S. army (United States Navy SEAL) – the basic tactical unit of special operation Forces U.S. Navy, established in 1962. Strengthened after the attacks of 11 September 2001.
2. «Special boat service» of the British army (Special Boat Service, SBS) is the special operations division of the Royal Navy, created in 1940, often working in close collaboration with colleagues from SAS.
3. «Special air service» (Special Air Service, SAS) is a special unit of the British armed forces, established in 1941. In recent years, the SAS soldiers proved themselves in Afghanistan and Iraq.
4. «Sayeret Matkal» – special forces of General staff of the Israel defense forces (IDF), established in 1957. Main task: the fight against terrorists, rescue hostages. Among the most well-known operation «Entebbe» in 1976. But the Independent mentions the rescue of a taxi driver, hijacked by terrorists 2003.
5. The rapid response unit of the national gendarmerie of France (National Gendarmerie Intervention Group GIGN) – established in 1973. Main tasks: combating terrorism, hostage rescue, protection of government officials.
6. «Alpha» (Management «A») – a special unit of special purpose Center of the Federal security service of the Russian Federation, established in 1974 in the USSR, and continues its activities in modern Russia.
7. «Special operations group» of the Spanish Navy (Unidad de Operaciones Especiales, UOE) was founded in 1952. In 2009, it was renamed «naval special forces» (Fuerza de Guerra Naval Especial).
8. «A group perform specific tasks» of the Pakistan army (Special Services Group, SSG) was founded in 1956. Deals not only with the fight against terror and liberating the hostages, but struggle with suppliers of drugs.