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Developing Special Operations Forces in China and Russia | The Cipher Brief

Developing Special Operations Forces in China and Russia | The Cipher Brief

When Syrian government forces retook the ancient city of Palmyra from ISIS for the second time in early March, they had the assistance of one of the world’s elite special operations forces: Russia’s Special Operations Command (SSO). In coordination with Russian air power, the combined forces killed or wounded 1,000 ISIS militants and destroyed more than 150 vehicles, according to a Russian military leader.

The development of the SSO is part of a larger shift by Russia to modernize and professionalize its military, and it is not the only one of the United States’ global competitors doing so.

Source: Developing Special Operations Forces in China and Russia | The Cipher Brief