How Special Ops Became Central to the War On Terror
It began decades ago with a “Mission Impossible” for the tiny nation of Israel - rescuing more than one hundred airline passengers whose plane had been hijacked by terrorists and landed thousands of miles away in East Africa. Through interviews with former hostages and an Israeli general tasked with rescuing them, Retro Report shows why this dramatic commando operation succeeded through an unusual combination of intelligence, deception and surprise. Four years later, “Operation Entebbe” became a model for the U.S. when its citizens were taken hostage as the Islamic Revolution swept through Iran. That mission, known as “Operation Eagle Claw,” turned into a disaster, but one that ultimately led to the growth of a powerful and highly synchronized special operations command in the United States. Today, with U.S. special operations forces deployed in more than 80 countries at any given time, a new concern has arisen: has success left these forces stretched too thin?
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