- U.S. Army personnel trained to organize, instruct, supply, and supervise indigenous forces engaged in guerrilla warfare and counterinsurgency operations, and to themselves conduct unconventional warfare.
Also called Green Berets.
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Examples from the Web for special forces
Instead, he moved constantly, meaning the special-forces team would be going into a location that they knew little about.Was Obama Right to Kill Awlaki?
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But the burden of much of the campaign has fallen to special-forces units, supported by Predators.America’s Secret Libya War
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And here I found the last piece of my narrative, in the British special-forces capability known as “The Increment.”Another Rush to War
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- élite, highly trained military forces, specially selected to work on difficult missions
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