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# Special Forces

Last month
November 2023
Irish diplomats working behind the scenes in hope of freeing kidnapped Emily Hand
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Eight-year-old Irish-Israeli girl Emily Hand is believed to be a hostage of Hamas while 40 Irish citizens are trapped inside Gaza.
This year
MV Matthew Army Ranger Wing team travels to Spain for major EU military exercise
The EU Crisis Management event took place in Cadiz in Spain this week.
High seas: Inside the multi-agency maritime pursuit of the MV Matthew
We speak to sources and hear from experts on how the Army Ranger Wing, Navy and Air Corps along with gardaí captured the MV Matthew.
Over €100m worth of drugs on board cargo ship seized by Army Ranger Wing off Irish coast
The boarding is part of the broader investigation in to the beaching of a trawler off Wexford.
Inside the Army Ranger Wing: Prep for overseas deployments as new laws beckon
The State is set to redraft laws which govern the deployment of the elite unit and other parts of the Defence Forces.
Last year
Report expected to call for new Cork Army Ranger Wing base to counter maritime terror threat
The Army Ranger Wing have a group within their unit with specialist maritime training such as combat diving.
All time
Three American special forces troops among several killed in ambush
The US Africa command confirmed in a statement that a joint US and Nigerien patrol came under fire in Niger.
British special forces have been pictured for the first time on the ground in Syria
The exclusive BBC images appear to show troops securing the perimeter of a rebel base.
The US could be preparing to send more troops into Syria
Washington has led an international coalition against the IS group in Iraq and Syria since August 2014.
Islamic State's stronghold is holding out against coalition forces
US Special Forces say they’ve currently no plans to take the de facto capital of Raqqa.
Boots on the ground: The US is sending in troops to bring the fight to Isis
Barack Obama says it will consist of “fewer than 50″ special forces.
US sent mission to try and rescue James Foley
Sadly, the journalist was killed by ISIS earlier this week.
Only US soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan freed after five years
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was freed in exchange for the release of five Afghan prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
This useless armed police unit would totally get told off by an Irish mammy
Guatemalan gets 6,060 year sentence over massacre
The 54-year-old was a former member of an elite military force involved in the killing of 201 people in a 1982 massacre during Guatemala’s civil war.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
Would you have what it takes to be a US Navy SEAL?
Citizenship requirements aside, that is… Do you think you could get through all that gruelling training?