What is Israel's Elite Black Ops Unit

These are the 8 best elite units in the world

The elite special forces are among the most trained and impressive units a country has to offer.

You will go where other troops will not venture, detect potential dangers, incapacitate strategic goals and carry out daring rescue operations.

You are the best of the best.

While it is extremely difficult to compare the units, there are some who stand out because of their track record and the fear they instill in their opponents.

These troops had to go through tough training sessions in order to weed out those who did not meet the enormous demands of the special forces.

The sheer size of a country's armed forces has long ceased to be the only indicator of its effectiveness. These troops are the figurehead of the military.

Note: The following are some explicit images that some readers may find disturbing.

Tomas Hirst contributed to an earlier version of this article. Translated by Stefanie Kemmner.

These are the 8 best elite units in the world

These are the 8 best elite units in the world

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  • 8. The Special Services Group (SSG) in Pakistan is better known in the country as Black Storks because of the command's unique headgear. The training includes an approximately 58-kilometer march in 12 hours and an 8-kilometer sprint in 50 minutes with complete equipment.

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  • In October 2009, SSG commandos stormed an office building and rescued around 40 people who had been taken hostage by suspected Taliban fighters after an attack on army headquarters.

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  • 7. Spain's “Unidad de Operaciones Especiales” (UOE) - or the Naval Special Warfare Force as it has been known since 2009 - has long been one of Europe's most respected special forces. Since its inception in 1952 as a volunteer Amphibious Climbing Company unit, it has grown into an elite armed force.

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  • However, earning the UOE's green beret is a real challenge - the failure rate of candidates is between 70 and 80 percent. It's not uncommon for 100 percent of potential new recruits to be turned down.

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  • 6. Russia's "Alpha Group" is one of the most famous special forces in the world. This elite anti-terrorist unit was founded by the KGB in 1974 and is still under the direction of what is now the FSB.

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  • Russian special forces - especially the Alpha - were criticized during the hostage drama in Moscow in 2002. At least 120 hostages died from the effects of the gas used to incapacitate the hostage-takers who had taken control of the theater.

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  • 5. Few anti-terrorist units can compete with the French National Gendarmerie Intervention Group, or GIGN. The group is 200 strong and has been specially trained to respond to hostage-taking. It claims to have liberated more than 600 people since it was founded in 1973. In France there is a law that forbids posting pictures of the faces of GIGN members.

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  • However, one of the most extraordinary missions in the history of GIGN was the occupation of the Great Mosque in 1979. Because non-Muslims were not allowed to enter the holy city, three GIGN commandos briefly converted to Islam before helping the Saudi armed forces with the Recapturing the mosque.

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  • 4. Israel's "Sayeret Matkal" is also one of the best elite special forces in the world. Her main job is information gathering and she often works far behind the enemy line. During the selection camp (gibbush) the potential recruits have to go through an incredibly tough training and are constantly monitored by doctors and psychologists. Only the strongest make it inside.

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  • In 2003, Israeli taxi driver Eliyahu Gurel was kidnapped after driving four Palestinians to Jerusalem in his car. But the "Sayeret Matkal Unit" found and rescued him from a ten-meter-deep pit in an abandoned factory in a suburb of Ramallah.

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  • 3. The “British Special Air Service” (SAS) has the slogan “Who dares wins” as a badge. When US Gen. Stanley McChrystal was asked how important was the role SAS played in the post-Iraq war, he replied, “Indispensable. We couldn't have done it without them. "

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  • 2. The British representative of the Navy SEALs is the Special Boat Service. The selection process includes a grueling endurance test, jungle training in the rainforests of Belize, and combat survival training, which includes an in-depth questioning of the candidates - and you only get two chances to pass.

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  • 1. The US Navy SEALs are arguably the best elite unit. Founded in 1962, the sea-air-land recruits complete years of training and had to endure an incredible pace, especially after 9/11. Many military services base their special units on the SEALs.

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