One of two entries from France in our top 10 and that’s not surprising as you really don’t want to get on the wrong side of these dudes. Apart from being one of the oldest special force units in the world, The French Commandoes Marine are also one of the most respected and highly skilled. Consisting of no more than 600 soldiers, they also go by the nickname of the Green Berets.
Put together in the United Kingdom during World War II, the French Commandos were initially modelled on the British Commandos. To commemorate this, the beret of the French commandos is worn to the opposite of all other French military units.
Irish Army Ranger Wing
The Irish Army Ranger Wing was established in the ‘80’s when Ireland had many issues with local terrorism. Although tthis special force of hard men still kick bott when dealing with these sort of problems, they now have a wider remit. Their members come from the Irish Army, Naval Service or Air Force and are utilized in war zones all over the world either to help keep the peace or for combat purposes.
The unit's official name is Sciathán Fiannóglaigh an Airm translated into English as “Army Ranger Wing”. The word “Fiann” closely resembles the English word “Warrior” and refers to the ancient band of warriors known as Na Fianna in Irish mythology
Let’s be clear, Russia is most definitely a super power and it for sure has nothing to do with (cough cough) green energy or cheap health insurance. What it might be attributed to is it’s famous military might. Generally all special forces units under the umbrella of the Russian Military are referred to as the Russian Spetsnaz.
A Russian term, Spetsnaz (meaning special) is commonly associated with the military police units of Russia, although other post-Soviet states use the term as well when referring to their military police.
US Army Special Forces Snipers
Immortalized in film, following the release of the 2014 movie ‘American Sniper’, Chris Kyle is somewhat of a legend. He was a US Navy Seal. However, members of the US Army Special Forces Snipers are known to be some of the hardest and most fearsome fighters in the world. Even after passing all of the Special Forces Qualification Courses, to become part of this elite unit you must still participate in even harder courses. Like leopards sitting in trees biding their time, these fighters can be deployed anywhere in the world, sat patiently alone just waiting to pounce.
The Army Special Forces main objective is to train and lead unconventional warfare forces, or a covert guerrilla unit in an occupied nation. Apart from their military training they also acquire further skills such as languages and cultural knowledge relating to their specific mission.
Iraqi Special Operations Forces
The Iraqi special Operations Forces were first established in 2004. Also commonly known as as the Golden Division, the unit is made up of almost 18000 soldiers and is managed by the Iraqi Counter Terrorist Service. One of the unit’s main missions involved patrolling the terrifying and extremely dangerous streets of Mosul where they also had to deal with the threat of Islamic State fighters.
Created by coalition forces following the 2003 invasion, the unit became the first Iraqi force to enter Mosul during the November 2016 offensive. Following this operation, the Iraqi prime minister declared the liberation of Mosul from ISIS.