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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. A branch of the U.S. Army composed of soldiers specially trained in guerrilla fighting.

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  • n. a division of the United States Army that is specially trained for guerilla fighting


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  • Sixty percent of the G. I.s and civilians who enter what's called Special Forces assessment and selection don't get through it.

    CNN Transcript Dec 18, 2009

  • "The relationship between the CIA and the Special Forces has been the best I've seen since 1971," says a retired three-star general who fought in Vietnam and now consults with the CIA. Normally, the top brass scorns "going Hollywood" -- any showy use of a too-lightly armed and equipped force.

    How He'll Haunt Us

  • "You have famously got what we would now call Special Forces and guerrillas in the Middle East, which was what Lawrence of Arabia was doing," said Todman.

    All - Digital Spy - Entertainment and Media News

  • The Special Forces, which is also known as the Red Devils for their courage and professionalism, have been equipped with Travor rifles that would prove beneficial to the troops, deployed in counter insurgency operations.

    dailyindia.com News Feed

  • They're called Special Forces, sometimes Delta Force.

    Noble House

  • Due to "Shiite political dynamics" most of the southern part of Iraq is unreportable, says Garrels and embedding with a military unit such as Special Forces is not always the answer.

    NPR 's Garrels Speaks on the Surge, Blackwater and Limits of Embedding

  • After the embassy bombings in Africa in 1998, Michael Sheehan, the U.S. ambassador for counterterrorism, an intense, wiry former Special Forces officer given wide latitude by his boss Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, put the Taliban on notice that they would be held responsible for future al-Qaeda attacks.

    The Longest War

  • This time Karzai was also accompanied by a twelve-man Special Forces team and half a dozen CIA officers.

    The Longest War

  • Senior U.S. intelligence official David Gordon recalls, By 2008, Special Forces were going on two rounds a night!

    The Longest War

  • As if this were not enough, "All In" adds battlefield vignettes gleaned from Ms. Broadwell's visits across Afghanistan with battalion commanders of the 101st Airborne, Gen. Petraeus's old division, and with a Dari-speaking Special Forces officer who embedded as a counterinsurgency adviser with Afghan army units.

    Measuring the Man in Charge


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