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Special Air Service Regiment

The original Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) was established in Great Britain during World War II. A similar elite commando group was developed by the Australian Army in 1957. Both groups are widely considered to be the best-trained counterterrorism units in the world. They share the motto, “Who dares, wins,” and both wear a sand-colored beret. As with all elite special operations forces, public information about specific counterterrorism activities is kept to a minimum.

Great Britain

Great Britain's SASR is widely considered to be the world's best in ending hijack and hostage situations with minimum loss of innocent lives. Its prowess was made known to the world in May 1980, when the SASR rescued 19 hostages held in the Iranian embassy in London within minutes. Time magazine named Great Britain's SASR the world's toughest antiterrorist commando unit.

The British SASR grew out of the Long Range Desert Group, ...

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