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Special Operations

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Special operations are military operations that are "special" or unconventional and carried out by dedicated special forces and other special operations forces units using unconventional methods and resources.

A military operation is the coordinated military actions of a state, or a non-state actor, in response to a developing situation.

United States Special Operations Forces (documentary) by DEVGRU5022

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Special operations may be performed independently of or in conjunction with, conventional military operations.

Special Operations Helmet Cam Firefight in Afghanistan by FUNKER530 - Veteran Community & Combat Footage

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The primary goal is to achieve a political or military objective where a conventional force requirement does not exist or might adversely affect the overall strategic outcome.

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Special operations are usually conducted in a low-profile manner that aims to achieve the advantages of speed, surprise, and violence of action against an unsuspecting target.

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Special ops are typically carried out with limited numbers of highly trained personnel that are adaptable, self-reliant and able to operate in all environments, and able to use unconventional combat skills and equipment.

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Special operations are usually implemented through specific, tailored intelligence.

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