Special Forces

plural noun

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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Related Words for special forces

commandos, paratroops

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Contemporary Examples of special forces

  • Instead, he moved constantly, meaning the special-forces team would be going into a location that they knew little about.

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    Was Obama Right to Kill Awlaki?

    Richard Miniter

    September 30, 2011

  • But the burden of much of the campaign has fallen to special-forces units, supported by Predators.

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    America’s Secret Libya War

    John Barry

    August 30, 2011

  • And here I found the last piece of my narrative, in the British special-forces capability known as “The Increment.”

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    Another Rush to War

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    May 29, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for special forces

special forces

pl n

élite, highly trained military forces, specially selected to work on difficult missions
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