Forces Deployed To 70% Of The World In 2016
U.S. Special Operations Command launched a raid in
Yemen's Baida Province on Jan 29, targeting Qassim al-Rimi,
the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The
first high-profile special forces operation of Trump's
presidency, the raid resulted in the deaths of at least
14 Al Qaeda fighters,
20 civilians and Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens.
Three other Americans were reportedly wounded and an
Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft was destroyed by U.S. forces
after it was heavily damaged in a forced landing. Over
the past few days, it has emerged that al-Rimi survived
the raid and he has subsequently released an audio
message taunting President Trump.
Special forces operations like the one in Yemen are
America's elite troops have found themselves on the
frontlines constantly since 9/11, conducting operations
everywhere from the dusty back alleys of North Africa to
the snow-capped mountains of Afghanistan. Even though
they have made headlines for high-profile operations
like the prison break near Hawija in Iraq or the raid on
Bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in Afghanistan, the vast
majority of special forces missions across the world
involve training friendly soldiers to fight, mainly so
Americans don't have to.
American special operations troops deployed to 138
nations last year or 70 percent of the world's countries
according to official Special Operations Command data
published by TomDispatch. 55.29 percent of
deployments were in the Middle East, a 35 percent
decease since 2006. In Africa, deployments of elite U.S.
forces skyrocketed 1,600 percent during the same
This chart shows
countries where U.S. special operations forces conducted
operations in 2016.
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on bonuses and ads to get 6,000 more recruits:
The Army’s new goal for the fiscal year is 68,500, up
from 62,500 recruits. The addition of 6,000 recruits to
the goal makes it the largest in-year increase in the
history of the all-volunteer force that dates to 1973.