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Title: Antiterrorist Military Units: Organization and Operations (From Antiterrorist Initiatives, P 71-87, 1989, John B Wolf -- See NCJ-118499)
Author(s): J B Wolf
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This discussion of the organization and operation of antiterrorist military units focuses on the units used by the United States, Israel, and the Soviet Union.
Abstract: The successful West German and Israeli use of military units to rescue hostages from aircraft hijacked by terrorists prompted the United States to form a small antiterrorist force to conduct surgical strikes against terrorists who victimize Americans abroad. This unit, called the Delta Force, failed in its effort to free the hostages held in the American embassy in Iran and formed a core group in the Grenada raid, which had a number of logistical problems. Some successful American military antiterrorist efforts have been the thwarting of Iranian mine laying in the Persian Gulf and the forcing down of an Egyptian airliner carrying the terrorists responsible for the Achille Lauro hijacking. Continuous efforts have been made to upgrade the equipment, personnel, and training of American antiterrorist military units. Key issues in the future success of such units are effective intelligence operations and the logistics of locating and transporting the units near areas of terrorist activity. Israel's antiterrorist strategy, which has had notable success, is part of a policy of continuous warfare against the terrorist organizations that threaten Israel. The Soviets have commando-type units known as Spetsnaz that conduct special military operations, most recently in Afghanistan. 18 notes.
Main Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics
Index Term(s): Israel; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR); United States of America
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