posted on May, 28 2003 @ 11:21 PM
I'll step up and speculate on the Russian Spetsnaz. They are obviously combat tested in Afghanistan and Chechnya, as well as other venues.
Consider that the only time that you hear about special forces in the media is when an op gets screwed up... you hardly ever hear about Spetznaz...
Granted, that may well be because Russian media is so tightly controlled, or because they make sure if an op gets screwed up, the team doesnt ever
screw up again...
As far as training, Spetznaz is in a cloud of mystery. However, the Russians are not at all squeamish about putting thier special forces through the
most rigorous training, to the point of combat reality, and if thier troops get killed in training, that means they wont get killed in combat and
compromise an op.
The one Spetznaz deployment that I am aware of was in Lebanon: In the mid 80s, about the time that US citizens were being kidnapped by Islamic
extremists in the hope that the US would pressure Israel into concessions, someone got the bright idea to try the same with Russian citizens...
Russia never once demanded the return of these people, and all demands to the Russians were ignored.
A small Spetznaz group was deployed into Lebanon... within 24 hours, several wealthy/powerful backers of the extremists began showing up dead, killed
in very gruesome fashion. In a matter of days, the Russians were released in good health. After that, not a single Russian was kidnapped in Lebanon.