11 of the world's most dangerous special forces (2023)

The best special forces in the world:While we are all admired and respected by the men and women of the Army, Navy and Air Force, there is one force that is one step ahead of the danger zone.

You eliminate potential threats and enter a field feared by the bravest of souls. These are special forces. There are several Bravehearts in this field around the world who risk their lives in the line of duty and are known to be the smartest of them all.

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Ranking or comparing these special forces around the world is an extremely difficult task, but there have been a few that have always excelled in this interesting, challenging, and extremely dangerous field. Take a look at 11 of the most feared Commando Special Forces from around the world.

1. MARCOS, Indian

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MARCOS is short for "Marine Commandos". Trained in HALO and HAHO, equipped with the best assault rifles, sniper rifles and real-time warfare gear, Indian MARKS are one of the deadliest special forces in the world.

They are trained primarily to US Navy SEAL standards, with additional training at the British SAS and mandatory CIJW (guerrilla) training at Vairangte. One of the best parts of their training schedule is the members' high motivation and emotional training in addition to their physical training.


In the utmost secrecy, MARCOS conducted numerous notable missions such as the Kargil War, Operation Leech, Operation Swan, Exercise Balance Iroquois 03-1/Vajrstormehar, and many more. MARCOS, nicknamed "Dadhiwalee fauj" (Bearded Army), is the only special forces unit after the US Navy SEALs that can fight in water with full armament.

2. Special Services Group (SSG), Pakistan

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Imagine walking 36 miles in 12 hours and running five miles in just fifty minutes. These are some of the tasks that the Pakistani special forces perform in their training regime.

The group came to light marching towards a building and rescued more than 35 people who were being held hostage at army headquarters.

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Much is said about his involvement in the historic Indo-Pakistani Wars and the Soviet-Afghan War. During the infamous Pan Am Flight 73 hijacking, SSG showed courage in rescuing passengers and minimizing damage.

Another notable operation involving SSG commandos was the rescue of child hostages from a hijacked Afghan school bus in just 20 seconds. Yes, it took the SSG a few seconds to take out three terrorists.

3. National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN), France

From rescuing schoolchildren in Djibouti to capturing war criminals in Bosnia, this deadly task force has done it all. The squad, which originated after the hostage killing at the 1972 Munich Olympics, is one of the deadliest squads in the world.

They have the most appropriate training program known and are prepared to hunt down Somali pirates with ease. True to their motto "Save lives regardless of your own", the GIGN is known for pursuing any threat to the nation and its people.

This unit of 200 people keeps a low profile, and even French law forbids the publication of photos of their faces.

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One of the boldest acts in GIGN history was the takeover of the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979. Extremist insurgents took over Masjid al-Haram in Mecca to overthrow the House of Saud. The GIGN joined the Saudi forces, but due to the ban on non-Muslims entering the holy city, a team of three GIGN commandos briefly converted to Islam and helped plan the mosque's retake.

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4. Special Forces, United States

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Also known as the Green Berets for their personalized headdress requested by President Kennedy in the 1960s, their official motto is Depresso liber (Liberate the Oppressed), while their insignia feature an arrowhead with a saber and three lightning bolts.

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The unit is full of tough and prepared soldiers, but it's their snipers who are considered the deadliest assassins. This group of Green Berets trains with America's best for seven weeks. They lead operations related to coalition support, humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping and counter-narcotics operations.

5. Sayeret Matkal, Israel

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This is an Israeli special forces unit trained to stop terrorism. Members of this squad are known for their high physical and mental traits. In the selection camp called Gibbush, the prospective recruits go through rigorous training exercises under the constant supervision of doctors and psychologists.

They played a crucial role in Israel's de-escalation of Palestinian terrorist attacks. One of the famous incidents that highlight Sayeret Matkal's work is the 2003 rescue of Israeli taxi driver Eliyahu Gurel after he was kidnapped while transporting four Palestinians in his taxi to Jerusalem. The unit pursued and rescued him from a 10 meter deep shaft in an abandoned factory in a suburb of Ramallah.

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6. Joint Force Task 2 (JTF2), Kanada

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With a comparatively short history of only 23 years, this task force has grown to several hundred in a relatively short period of time. They've been part of multiple trouble spots around the world, from rescuing hostages in Iraq to hunting down Serbian snipers in Bosnia.

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Armed forces were also present in Afghanistan; However, their activities there are heavily monitored. JTF 2 bills itself as "a scalpel, not a hammer," making them a faceless, shadowy counter-terrorist force. This world-class elite force reveals next to nothing about their top-secret operations.

7. British Special Air Service (SAS)

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They are the backbone of Special Forces around the world. Even the US Delta Force was formed after the founder spent some time with the SAS. They are the number one military force in the world and are trained to perform equally well in all other areas.

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His badge bears the famous phrase "Who dares wins". US General Stanley McChrystal said of his role in the fighting after the Iraq war: “Vital. I couldn't have done it without her.

8. US Navy SEALs

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At least 42 push-ups in two minutes, 50 sit-ups in two minutes, and a 1.5 mile run in 11 minutes BEFORE the workout begins. Navy SEALs are the best the United States has to offer. SEAL stands for Special Sea Air and Land Operators and thus forms the word SEAL.

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There are eight Navy SEAL "Teams": 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 10. They also have SEAL Team 6, but they are not numbered. They have everything from the latest technology to the best field trainers.

9. GIS, Italy

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The Gruppo di Intervento Speciale (GIS) is one of the elite counter-terrorism operations. Established in 1978, this unit is part of the Italian military police and is known for its marksmanship.

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With almost a hundred soldiers, they are used for anti-terrorist operations, security services and training.

10 Alpha Group, Russia

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An arm of the well-known and feared Spetsnaz, Alpha Group is the fiercest of its kind. This well-known task force began in the mid-1970s and rose to prominence during the invasion of Afghanistan. They are known for their brutal revenge and their relentless fight against the enemy.

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The unit is also known as Spetsgruppa "A" due to its unique operational strategies. The unit was heavily criticized during the Moscow Theater hostage crisis in 2002, when the FSB's Alpha Group used chemical gas to take out militants, killing 129 hostages as collateral damage.

11 Polish GROM

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Poland's elite anti-terrorist unit GROM stands for "Lightning" and aptly describes their tactics: speed, precision and deadly force. In the same league as the British SAS, this special unit was created on the same principle.

As they have worked with SEALs many times, they are also said to have given special SEAL training ideas. The GROM's strength is estimated at between 270 and 300 soldiers, each of whom must pass an exhaustive series of tests of physical and psychological resilience, as well as the "Truth Test".

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