The natural heir to the infamous KGB and causing ripples of fear among Russian civilians, Russia’s Federal Security Force is no run of the mill special fighting unit. Ranging in activities from border control and foreign intelligence to anti terrorism and phone tapping. Since 2006 their remit has come to include the assassination of targets overseas should the all powerful President Putin give the go ahead.
Having been accused of intimidating foreign diplomats and journalists with the use of all kinds of psychological techniques, if you are a budding diplomat you might want to ask to be stationed elsewhere!
Cast in the same mould as distinguished forces such as the British SAS and the US Navy Seals, Poland’s counter terrorism unit Grom have become a force to be reckoned with, having played an important role in operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and in the fight against ISIS. Multi skilled, Grom’s assignments include fighting terrorism, hostage rescuing both from buildings and vehicles and backing up other forces when required.
Due to their ability to perform precise covert operations and their extensive medical training, Grom members have acquired the nickname of the Surgeons.
Israel’s “Mistarvim” – Duvdevan
Infamous for carrying out dangerous covert operations deep in enemy territory while disguised as local Arabs, Duvdevan’s mistarvim unit go about their business unnoticed until the final moment when they swoop in and catch their target off guard. With strong support waiting in the wings, once the mistarvim reveal themselves they are swiftly joined by their back up force.
Members go through intense training and are schooled not only in urban warfare but also must become fluent in Arabic and masters of disguise so as to blend naturally into the environment.
Taking its cue from the same page as the British SAS, The Australian Special Air Service Regiment received some unwanted attention in 2016 due to the actions of some of it’s members in Afghanistan after allegations of torture surfaced which claimed some operatives cut some rebels hands off. The SASR are still in Afghansitan, working with other Special Forces, performing intelligence activites.
Considered to have the most demanding entry test in the Austarlian Army and often left to their own devices in extremely harsh environments, these guys are certainly no cuddly Kangaroos.
Turkish Maroon Berets
During the 2004 Special Forces Competition, the Turkish Maroon Berets surprised everyone and beat the US Delta Force to come first. Additionally, they managed to defuse a bomb in 8 seconds, which the Delta Force could only do in 14 seconds. Although it takes 3.5 years of rigorous training to become a part of the MB, any member can be deemed unsuitable and at any moment removed from the unit.
All Maroon Berets members are recruited from high-rank Army officers who volunteer to join. With at least served 3 years as an Army soldier these are some awesome fighters indeed.