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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 9:44 p.m. PST

…. and only, joint combat operation.

"Many books have been written and several movies made about America's Green Berets, the Special Forces, but it is incredible how many stories about these warriors are obscure if not lost to history entirely. The history of Special Forces is in many ways a living history, and the only way to learn it, is to talk to the men directly involved. One such example comes in the form of what is believed to be the only joint US Special Forces-Russian Spetsnaz combat mission in history.

It happened in the winter and into the spring of 2001, months prior to the the events of September 11th, which of course changed the trajectory of US Special Operations Forces forever. This was a time in which the Green Berets were not as widely known by the public and not so often reported on by the press. Special Forces members deployed around the world training foreign militaries, and sometimes on more quiet, classified operations. However, combat was very rare for these troops. Technically, it was peacetime. But in the 1990's, war had again visited Europe in the Balkans, and Special Forces were deployed to Bosnia and Kosovo…."
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Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2018 8:11 a.m. PST

This was a time in which the Green Berets were not as widely known by the public

Why do I think this writer must be in his twenties?

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Lion in the Stars30 Sep 2018 10:57 a.m. PST

He *does* mention that a couple movies have been made, but he's not wrong. Much of Green Beanie work isn't media-worthy. At least not until a Green Beanie gets shot.

I may have to go find that book, though! A Russian-American joint op is unusual…

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