in 1952, the Indonesian Army's feared special forces group quickly
established a bad name for themselves by spearheading government
ops: In 1981, an Islamic extremist group hijacked Garuda Flight 206.
After the aircraft landed, Kopassus commando executed a fast-paced
operation, killing three hijackers and freeing 50 passengers.
elite special forces of the Israeli defence force are experts in small
arms, martial arts and gathering intelligence from deep behind enemy
lines. These days they're kept busy with counter-terrorism gigs and
ops: Best known for Operation Entebbe, a rescue mission to free
hostages held on Air France flight 139 at Uganda's Entebbe Airport in
1976. One Israeli soldier, 45 Ugandan soldiers, six hijackers and three
hostages were killed in the operation, which at least managed to free
fearless counter revolutionary commando forces are experts in jungle
warfare and counter insurgency ops. Established in 1975, their motto
is, "If I advance, follow me. If I stop, urge me on. If I retreat, kill
ops: Eight Kaibiles were killed and five wounded in an ambush in Congo
as part of a UN peacekeeping force. The dead soldiers were part of a
botched operation to capture the deputy commander of Uganda's Lord's
trigger-happy counter-terrorist squad of 700 hardcore dudes, formed in
1974 and survived despite the collapse of the Soviet Union.
ops: The 2004 Beslan school hostage rescue crisis, where 1200 hostages
were held by Chechen separatists ended with 31 dead terrorists. A good
result except they also terminated more than 350 civilians.
U.S. Navy SEALs
United States Navy SEa, Air and Land (SEAL) teams are renowned for
their ability to work underwater and deal with special reconnaissance,
counter terrorism, hostage rescue and unconventional warfare.
Ops: A team authorised by Barack Obama killed Osama bin Laden in his
compound in Pakistan. Three Navy SEALs also killed three Somalian
pirates when they held a captain hostage.