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United States Army Special Forces: US Army special operations force
The United States Army Special Forces, colloquially known as the "green berets" due to their distinctive service headgear, are a special operations force of the United States Army that are designed to deploy and execute 9 doctrinal missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, counter-insurgency, special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, information operations, counterproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and security force assistance. The first two missions, unconventional warfare and foreign internal defenses emphasize language, cultural, and training skills in working with foreign troops. Other Special Forces missions, known as secondary missions, include: combat search and rescue (CSAR), counter-narcotics, hostage rescue, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian demining, information operations, peacekeeping, and manhunts. Other components of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) or other U.S. government activities may also specialize in these secondary missions. The Special Forces conduct these missions via seven geographically focused groups. Many of their operational techniques are classified, but some nonfiction works and doctrinal manuals are available.


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A former Army officer spied on the United States for more than a decade, providing Russians with sensitive information, prosecutors said. His treachery could land him in prison for life.
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11/25: Newtown report addresses gunman's mental health; Green Berets share special bond with JFK

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Green Berets share special bond with JFK

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Ex-Green Berets get 20 years for plot to topple Venezuela leader

Luke Denman and Airan Berry admitted to taking part in the operation orchestrated by a third ex-U.S. soldier, Venezuelan's chief prosecutor said.
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Soldier becomes first woman to join Green Berets after graduating from special forces training

The unidentified woman received her Special Forces tab and donned her green beret at a socially-distant graduation ceremony at Fort Bragg.  
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U.S. calls bid by men to avoid extradition over ex-Nissan boss Ghosn's escape 'flawed'

U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday said a former Green Beret and his son, wanted by Japan for helping former Nissan Motor Co boss Carlos Ghosn flee the country, were advancing a "flawed" interpretation of..
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Men accused of helping ex-Nissan boss flee Japan challenge U.S. extradition case

Lawyers for the former Green Beret and son wanted by Japan for helping former Nissan Motor Co boss Carlos Ghosn flee the country on Monday argued U.S. authorities wrongly arrested them for aiding a..
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Former Green Beret Nate Boyer, who advised Colin Kaepernick to kneel, reacts to Drew Brees' protest comments

Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret and NFL player who advised Colin Kaepernick to kneel in 2016, shared his thoughts on Drew Brees' protest comments.
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U.S. arrests two men wanted by Japan over ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn's escape

U.S. authorities on Wednesday arrested a former Special Forces soldier and another man wanted by Japan on charges that they enabled the escape of former Nissan Motor Co boss Carlos Ghosn out of the..
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Green Beret chaplains pivot ministry amid pandemic

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The True Story of the First Woman to Finish Special Forces Training

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First Woman Set to Pass Special Forces Training and Join Green Berets

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U.S. Special Operations Forces Overemphasize Combat Experience, Review Says

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U.S. Army green berets admit to stealing $200,000 in counter-terrorism cash

A former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier has pleaded guilty to conspiring with four others to steal $200,000 in government cash meant to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and now faces up to 15 years..
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Army Denies Request by Soldier Pardoned by Trump, Setting Up Showdown

Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn, once charged with murder, had asked that the Army restore his Special Forces tab, which denotes membership in the elite Green Berets force.
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Green Beret awarded Medal of Honor for saving lives

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Trump presents Medal of Honor to Green Beret

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Green Beret's death in Afghanistan comes amid increased Taliban violence

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Soldier diagnosed with cancer fighting to change doctrine that shields military from malpractice suits

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