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The men in black, jungle green, desert fatigues and whatnot are protecting the world from terror. The Chinese are in the South China Sea defending their “rocks”. By Niall McCarthy.

US Special Operations Command launched a raid in Yemen’s Baida Province on January 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 US 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.

As The Burning Platform’s Jim Quinn notes, special forces operations like the one in Yemen are nothing new. 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.

You will find more statistics at Statista (click here).

Although US elite troops typically only appear in the media when an event of particular relevance (such as the capture and murder of Osama bin Laden in 2011), this does not mean that they are not active. As this infographic above shows, elaborated by Statista, these forces were present in 138 States last year or 70 per cent of the world’s countries according to official Special Operations Command data published by TomDispatch. 55.29 per cent of deployments were in the Middle East, a 35 per cent decease since 2006. In Africa, deployments of elite US forces skyrocketed 1,600 per cent during the same timeframe.

Note: The above article was posted at statista and at zerohedge.

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February 14, 2017: Five hundred US troops are arriving at a Romanian Black Sea port with tanks and hardware to bolster defense in the East European NATO nation. The US embassy said the “Fighting Eagles,” 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, will be stationed in the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in eastern Romania on a rotating basis.

US Ambassador Hans G Klemm said Tuesday the deployment underscores that “the strong US-Romania strategic partnership exists in both word and deed.” He said the presence “expands our capacity… in maintaining peace and security in southeastern Europe and the Black Sea region.”

NATO’s ties with Moscow deteriorated after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and supported a pro-Russian insurgency. NATO since has increased military exercises in Eastern Europe to reassure allies. - Click here for more

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  1. One Response to “U.S. SPECIAL FORCES DEPLOYED TO 70% OF THE WORLD IN 2016”

  2. Hey an article that started out leaning towards a US govertment bashing, turned out to simply reporting facts. Unfortunately I’l left to wonder what the intended purpose actually was.

    Keep the good music coming!!

    By undead on Feb 17, 2017

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