U.S. Special Forces Deployed To 70% Of The World In 2016

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U.S. Special Operations Command launched a raid in Yemen’s Baida Province on Jan 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 U.S. 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.

Infographic: U.S. Special Forces Deployed To 70% Of The World In 2016  | Statista
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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% of the world’s countries according to official Special Operations Command data published by TomDispatch. 55.29% of deployments were in the Middle East, a 35% decease since 2006. In Africa, deployments of elite U.S. forces skyrocketed 1,600 percent during the same timeframe.

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GUS100CORRINA's picture
"Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God, I will rout you out." Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)
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U.S. Special Forces Deployed To 70% Of The World In 2016

That’s right. US special forces have been deployed since 1846, because its needs goes beyond its borders. Beyond oceans. Beyond continents.

How do you think we get to finance our debts, acquire oil, all the while keeping our exorbitant privilege? By running a funken laissez fare economy?   


peddling-fiction's picture

I am happy I live in a country where they are not invited.

Go Evo.

beemasters's picture

"deaths of at least 14 Al Qaeda fighters, 20 civilians and Navy SEAL William 'Ryan' Owens."

20 civilians??? WTF? They should know it's easy to recruit "terrorists" from the family members of those civilians killed. Was that the idea?

Oh regional Indian's picture

And here boobus americanus wonders why you are almost universally hated everywhere in the world?

The heavy hand of the American Political ZOG machinery is beginning to rot and fall off.

The sooner the better.

And what the fuck are they doing in India?

Fuck the US Mil, including beeding heart vets and fuckign flag wavers.

Dumb, vicious servants...

The Wizard's picture

Your statement is supported by reading Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hitman. The petrodollar is under attack and it must be defended at all costs. Amazing people on this site don't realize it.

Twee Surgeon's picture

Who is this We you speak of ? We don't think like you, walk like you or talk like you. There is no We as You are just 'Here' and not in 3rd Worldsville for a reason while you spout your leftist shit that would get your ass capped in your Socialist Nirvana. How about opening a can of 'Shut the Fuck Up!' or run off to Brazil and Fix it like a honky would.

My Exorbitant privilege was paid for in blood by my ancestors over centuries while they were inventing the modern world between various attacks and invasions on western culture by non-Caucusoids from far and wide .

Sorry about dragging your ass into the modern world. Nobody has to come, they can hang out in a mud hut anywhere else as long as they don't attack our Ancient Cultural Vision that has brought Light to the World, Undeniably.My exorbitant Privilege includes not owning a home and being suppressed and Oppressed by my own 'government' in Favor of different genders and Ethnicities, for decades.

Scuuuuse me for being a honky that wants to run his own business and prosperity in peace without being liable for the shortcomings of others.


brianshell's picture

What, no Special forces in Mexico. That is reserved for the CIA.

OpTwoMistic's picture

Bring these troops back to the US and put them on the borders now.

The Wizard's picture

Jackson would be very discouraged with Trumpster's appointments to Treasury and Economic Affairs. The last thing Jackson would allow is huge commercial/investment banks to produce bogus paper, creating inflation, to deprive the common man of the fruits of his labor.

If it is what he truly believes about Snowden, those statements are disturbing. Snowden was exposing crimes by global elites.

brianshell's picture

After the rejection of the bankers by Washington, Jackson and Lincoln, I wonder why they put them on the money? Revenge? Spite?

Alexander Hamilton, on the other hand, was their golden boy.

GraveDancer's picture

Book> The Road to World War III: Can the Dark forces of anti-Freedom trump Humanity?
Kindle> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MT31AXZ

brianshell's picture

Nominated for best comment.

JRobby's picture

Great job getting top 5 posts promoting that useless web site day after day after day. Obviously no job, no business, mama's basement.

micksavage2010's picture

now y u wanna hijack this thread?

the dailywesterner.com is not worth a sniff and your idiotic "eat this libtards" indicates a lack of understanding of the record of the 9th circuit.

go crawl back under ur bed and continue to be afraid, little one.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Is it any wonder why US BUDGET is out of control with DEFICITS as far as the eye can see?

We can't defend the entire world and we are not GOD.

It is time to rationalize this business of defense.

Winston Churchill's picture

Only braindead sheep think this is about defence.

Justin Case's picture

or patriotic or freedom or capitalism etc. It's empire building and colonialism. Ask any veteran if it was worth it now that he's served his masters. They eat dog food and die. How many commit suicide when they return from duty. They are cannon fodder. Send the kids of the elite from DC to woar. They can stick that flag up their brown eye until it's up against their cranium. Highway of heros my a$$.

dogfish's picture

Did'nt see it further down on the blog.

Wulfkind's picture

I'm sorry.  Could someone please find my shocked face.  I seemed to have misplaced it.

This is no news at all.  We are THE world empire just like Britain was during the Seven Years War ( What some know as the French and Indian War ) in the mid 1700's.  It was this world war ( Actually the FIRST truly World War ) that set the stage for Britain's loss of the American Colonies and their eventual 100 year decline.

We are there now.  This is the final overreach of an Empire desperately trying to hold on to key natural resources....( oil, natural gas, rare earth minerals for electronics )....and the countries that have such natural resources that we don't have any more.

This is simply to prop the banks up and to keep our techno-utopian-easy living "American Dream" facade going just a few more decades.  Until by the 2030's when it will be obvious to all the American Dream was a big fat fucking oil infused, debt riddled lie.

Actually....it's obvious now to the Elites.  Hence all the stories of bunkers and prepping.  Of course...for most Americans....even ZeroHedgers...it won't be obvious until the end of the 2020's.  We'll have to try to elect a few more "Magic Negroes" or  Lord High Maximus Orange Julius's ( May His Name Be Praised Forever ) in a vainglorius attempt to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.


not dead yet's picture

The other side of the coin is there are people who's motivation for world domination is not what you list. It's the euphoria they get when they have absolute power over as many people as they can as everyone grovels at their feet while they litterally piss on them. Also their selection of chicks and no one dares refuse.

frank further's picture

Greenland?  New Zealand?  Canada?  WTF?

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) frank further Feb 11, 2017 4:58 PM

Those are training deployments.

frank further's picture

In 138 countries? Lasso the damn big spenders, rope 'em in.

CRM114's picture

The author doesn't understand the difference between Exercises and Operations.


Unless there's something Canada hasn't yet noticed about a Jihadi moose problem ;)

BurningFuld's picture

I have a huge wild turkey problem at my house. Also I generally offer free cold beer to visitors.

Urban Redneck's picture

Not just training, anytime there is a significant US presence at a pig pow wow among the powerful SOCOM/JSOC is lurking the shadows- be it the Olympics in Brazil or the various summits like G7, NATO et al. 

Cman5000's picture

That's why this post is beyond retarded. 

cossack55's picture

Many terrrroorrrrisssts disguise themselves as sheep/reindeer

skunzie's picture

My thoughts exactly.  Add to that Iceland and WTF again!

cossack55's picture

Iceland has become the number one hotbed of LIBERTY on the planet and must be brought back into line quickly

jeffglobal's picture

Are you not aware of the dangerous Canadian soda pop girls!  Spec Ops were sent to stop them!

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Feb 11, 2017 4:58 PM

Nothing special or elite about them just brainwashed ants.Ask seal team 6

The Ram's picture

And we know there was no operation to kill Osama in 2011.  So, that would make this article in ZH just more Fake news.  Tyler(s): why do you post such garbage?

Wahooo's picture

Just shows how many holes are in the dam. We've lost entire sections of it. Drumpf should beat a retreat.

Rainman's picture

Soldiers are now officially referred to as advisors and 70% of the world must needs a lot of advice. 

Nothing has changed since the days of Caesar.

PhiBetaZappa's picture

No worries, I'm sure they're all on tourist visas.

Long live Oceania

skunzie's picture

Next they'll be deploying to Andorra and the Vatican City.

Joe Sixpack's picture

Vatican City does not need them. Vatican City has a wall.

bh2's picture

Makes you wonder how the remaining 30% of the world gets by without us.

Oh .... China, Russia. Nevermind.

quasi_verbatim's picture

None deployed in the US, it appears.

That will change.


US Special Operations Command has been the go to tactical force that the Globalists(tm) have utilized for all the operations they have been engaged in over the last 20 years or more. US Special Operations Command, and their soldiers, need to understand that the State Department will sell them all out for a slice of fucking pizza if there is ever any indication that they might be tied to any sort of lawsuit that would cost the bean counters some of their precious beans. The entire Seal Team 6 was assassinated by the US Central Command Planners as soon as they realized lawsuits and depositions would be forthcoming when the raided the compound where adversaries were located. Bottom line is that the US administration cares more about their money than they care about Special Operations US soldiers. Contemporary modern day soldiers should realize the Financial Danger they are faced with when ops take them into the lawsuit zone in a theater of war. Commanders of special ops should insist on much higher rates of pay for serving soldiers IMHO.

CheapBastard's picture

They can be put to use on the border for sure. Maybe patrol the streets of SF.

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After 4 years on ZH, I don’t think that there is much left for me to learn. And after thousands of blogs posted, I don’t think that there is much left for me to contribute to ZH. Therefore…

I’ve decide to “move on”.  I thank top-shelf ZHers for their insight, information, witty lines and occasional chiding.  You know how I feel about the rest, so I won’t bother commenting.

I plan and reclaim my life outside the ZH cyber walls, and to focus my time and energies on personal and professional priorities.  Plan to visit ZH headlines on occasion, to see if the world has ended.  ;-)

I am offline friends with a few of you, and hope to remain so.  If you wish to stay in touch, you can reach me at: Kirk2NCC1701 at hushmail dot me.

Thanks to the Tylers for indulging me and putting up with my occasional crankiness and righteous (?) indignation.  It’s been a pleasure, Durden(s).

Best wishes, and good luck.

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Ø  Keep Perspective, Balance, Objectivity – especially when it challenges your emotionally-entangled or socially-programmed Worldviews.  Seek the Truth, no matter the Cognitive Dissonance it may cause.

Ø  Stop playing the Victim of other groups, tribes or religions (Gangstas, Muslims, Zionists). Take ownership of the strengths, weaknesess and BS of your own group and tribe -- to clean it out of BS, fairy tales, myths and lies, and make it stronger.

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Ø  Invest in Self, Family, Clan.  Give loyalty and add value, and demand same.  You ‘owe’ Outsiders/Strangers nothing, no matter what Jedi Mind Tricks are used.  Look for and associate with Good people, and avoid toxic ones like the Plague.

Ø  The World will NOT end anytime soon, no matter what Doomers claim.  Keep breathing. Keep planning for a better future, and help make it happen.  Social Courage is indispensable to Freedom and a healthy Republic.

Best wishes, and good luck.

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