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Special Forces

The type of person who serves as a special forces member may surprise you. If your idea of special forces is based on Hollywood, you'd be way off base. There are no Sly Stallones or Arnold's. So who are they? Simply put: Light infantry with a bad attitude.

They are not physical studs. They are not lightning fast. But their specialized training builds endurance that can slowly grind you into the ground.

A soldier can not apply for Special Forces without three to four years of active service. They must be able to speak the foreign language of the region their unit is responsible for. Spending eight weeks to four months of study. If you can't speak the language, you're fired.

Snoop, shoot or teach someone else how to do it, is the best way to describe the Special Forces mission charter. The tactical unit is called the A-Team. It's made up of 12 people. There is cross training in key skills. But teams can be made smaller. Reportedly, groups of three to five soldiers have slipped into Afghanistan.

They are snooping around sites. These are satellite photos, taken in 1999, of alleged terror-training camps near the Afghan town of Duranta. The pictures show entrances to tunnels, a possible helipad, and people marching in. It also provides a glimpse into how little cover the terrain can provide. Hot. Arid. And now according to the latest reports...empty.

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