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Analysis: The evolution of French Special Forces | Shephard Media 
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Analysis: The evolution of French Special Forces | Shephard Media 

In recent years, the French Special Forces (SF) have found themselves under the spotlight on several occasions.

Numbering 4000 regular personnel and 400 reserve troops, the French SF have been involved in all major French external deployments since the establishment of the Special Operations Command (COS), which exercises operational control over the French SF since its creation in 1992.

In January 2013, SF helicopters led the charge against the jihadists in Mali, in what was the opening act of Operation Serval.

That same month, in Somalia, a combined task force of SF and French external intelligence operators conducted…

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