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Japan’s Special Boarding Unit

The Special Boarding Unit, or the 特別警備隊 (Tokubetsukeibitai), was established on March 27, 2001, under the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces. It is mandated to conduct maritime special forces operations, including visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) missions in Japanese and…

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Japanese Special Forces Group (SFGp)

The Japanese Special Forces Group (SFGp), or the 特殊作戦群 (Tokushusakusengun), originally known as the Special Operations Group (SOG) prior to a name change on March 26, 2008, was established on March 27, 2004 under the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces. The…

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Israeli Special Forces
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The Israeli Special Forces

The Israeli Special Forces consist of multiple units with alternating operational foci and specializations. As highly specialised units, they operate on domestic, regional, and international levels. Unit specializations come into play underneath these tiers, with some conducting operations to protect…

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The Women’s Protection Units: All Female Armed Forces

The Women’s Protection Units is mainly based in Syria, and it is an all-women Kurdish military faction formed in 2013. The aim was to defend the Kurdish population from the attacks of ISIS, the al-Nusra Front, and the Syrian regime….

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Taskforce Takuba
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Task Force Takuba: European Special Forces in the Sahel

Importance of Task Force Takuba Task Force Takuba (TFT) is an example of the new geopolitical scenario relevant to European states. Takuba increases the share of a military burden against insurgents in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. France continues to…

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The Caravan Hunters: Task Force Curtain

The Caravan War What are the options available when facing an actor in an unconventional warfare environment? To cut off the supply chain and limit long-term operating capabilities, for example. In 1984, the Soviet Union decided to attempt this strategy…

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John M Steele: the Paratrooper of Sainte-Mère-Église

John M Steele: Early life John M Steele was born in Metropolis, Illinois (US) on the 29th of November 1912. His father, also named John, piloted freight boats on the waters of Ohio. His mother, Josephine, took care of their…

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Zaslon: Russia’s Most Secretive Unit

What is Zaslon? Zaslon “Barrier or Screen” is Russia’s most secretive special-purpose unit within the Russian external security service, Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki (SVR). It roughly resembles the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)–also known…

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Wagner in Africa: Russia’s Non-State State Actor’ Part I

This is the first of a series of articles concerning the Russian security company, Wagner in Africa. In 2013, an advertisement for security jobs started appearing on Russian websites with a military content. The advertisement promised $5,000 a month for…

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