TOP 10 BEST SPECIAL FORCES IN AFRICA 2017
Africa is a place with numerous countries and it is in of the most populated continent on Earth. There are lots and lots of Forces even in a single country but in this article, we are going to be fishing out the top 10 best special forces in Africa entirely. This is not going to be a random pick as research were made before this list was compiled.
TOP 10 BEST SPECIAL FORCES IN AFRICA 2017
1. EGYPTIAN ARMY
The Egyptian Army is the largest service branch within the Egyptian Armed Forces and is the largest army in Africa, the Middle East and the Arab world which makes it very special. The Egyptian army is currently ranked as the 10th largest army in the world. As of 2014, the army has an estimated strength of 310,000 soldiers, of which, approximately 90,000–120,000 are professionals with the rest being conscripts. One of the attributes which make the Egyptian army a very powerful one in the world is its very long history. We shall be looking at some of its history below.
Ancient Egypt was unified under one government. The main military concern for the nation was to keep enemies out. The desert surrounding Egypt was inhabited by nomadic tribes who occasionally tried to raid or settle in the fertile Nile river valley. Nevertheless, the great expanses of the desert formed a barrier that protected the river valley and was almost impossible for massive armies to cross. The Egyptians built fortresses and outposts along the borders east and west of the Nile Delta, in the Eastern Desert, and in Nubia to the south. Small garrisons could prevent minor incursions, but if a large force was detected a message was sent for the main army corps. Most Egyptian cities lacked city walls and other defenses.
The history of ancient Egypt is divided into three kingdoms and two intermediate periods. During the three kingdoms, Egypt was unified under one government. During the intermediate periods (the periods of time between kingdoms) government control was in the hands of the various nomes (provinces within Egypt) and various foreigners. The geography of Egypt served to isolate the country and allowed it to thrive. This circumstance set the stage for many of Egypt’s military
conquests. They weakened their enemies by using small projectile weapons, like bows and arrows. They also had chariots which they used to charge at the enemy.
2. Botswana Defense Force
This is one of the best forces in the whole of Africa. The Botswana Defense Force (BDF) is the military of Botswana. It was formed in 1977. The commander in chief is the President of Botswana -Ian Khama while its Minister of Defense, Justice, and Security is Shaw Kgathi and also the Chief of Defense is Lieutenant General Placid Segokgo.
The army’s doctrine is to maintain a small tactical, capable and trained force capable of defending itself, and also for rapid
deployment anywhere in the continent. The BDF was established in 1977. Following political changes in South Africa and the region, the BDF’s missions have increasingly focused on anti-poaching activities, disaster -preparedness and response (including search and rescue), support to civil authorities and foreign peacekeeping. The United States has been the largest single contributor to the development of the BDF, and a large segment of its officer corps has received U.S. training. A well respected and trusted institution by the political leadership, the BDF has seen its role increase over time to include non-traditional missions such as disaster response and reinforcement of the police during the holiday season and high crime periods. The BDF’s professionalism and ability to successfully accomplish any task the government gives it has, at
times, resulted in over tasking in support to civil authorities.
3. Kenya Defense Forces
Kenya Defense force is a Special Forces in the military which are trained to perform efficiently and with least casualties and at times no casualties at all.
The unit performs high-risk missions which include counter-terrorism, rescue missions, raids, reconnaissance surveillance and intelligence collection among others as assigned from time to time. They are real Professionals and are distinct from the other troops; they are worldwide recognized with their green berets and in Kenya, they showcase their prowess in the annual Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) shows. One amazing thing about these troops is that they are specially trained to land anywhere with the help of paratroopers. This enables them to perform risky missions, land without the enemy’s attention, sabotage and attack when it is least expected. Some refer to them as an “airborne force” due to the manner in which they conduct their operations.
The military is regularly deployed in peacekeeping missions around the world. Further, in the aftermath of the national elections of December 2007 and the violence that subsequently engulfed the country, a commission of inquiry, the Waki Commission, commended its readiness and adjudged it to “have performed its duty well.” Nevertheless,
there have been serious allegations of human rights violations in the country which are been taken care of by the KDF. From the 1990s the Kenya Army became involved in United Nations peacekeeping operations, which offered both experience and a source of income for the army and its soldiers.
The 20 Parachute Battalion based in Gilgil forms the country’s jewel in the military. However, Kenya Defense Forces training is one that not any normal being can stand. It is vigorous, takes a longer duration and could probably kill.
The training involves Parachute Training Wing, Tactics Training Wing, and Weapons Training Wing. These three training departments have produced exceptional military troops who now form the Kenya Defense Forces troops with the ability
to operate internally and externally in their security operations.
Some of KDFs successful operations include the Shifta Campaign in North Eastern Province, Ngoroko Campaign and Operation Good Hope.
4. Nigerian Army
As we all know that Nigeria is the largest African country and due to its size, its army is also a strong one. Nigerian Army has generally been perceived as one of the better equipped fighting forces on the African continent. It bears the brunt of the nation’s security challenges. The Nigerian Army grew from 18,000 in infantry battalions and supporting units, and rose to around 126,000 in three divisions by the end of the Nigerian Civil War in 1970. In terms of doctrine, the task of the Federal Nigerian army did not fundamentally change: its task remained to defeat an organized enemy. It is among Africa’s strongest and a mainstay of regional peacekeeping, but unfortunately, it has become a flawed force. The initially slow, heavy-handed response to the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency raised serious concerns, President Muhammadu Buhari has taken some steps to reverse the decline and has recorded significant gains against Boko Haram, but the ongoing prosecution of former chiefs for graft has further deepened the military’s reputation as poorly governed and corrupt. The government and military chiefs, working with the National Assembly, civil society and international partners, need to do much more: implement comprehensive defense sector reform, including clear identification of security challenges; a new defense and security policy and structure to address them; and drastic improvement in leadership, oversight, administration and accountability of the sector. Despite all these, it still remains among the best special forces in Africa 2017/2018.
5. Tunisia Armed Special
Tunisia is an Arabic country has a place among the countries with the best special forces in Africa 2017. As of 2012, Tunisia had an army of 40,500 personnel equipped with 84 main battle tanks and 48 light tanks. The Air Force had 4,000 personnel, 27 combat aircraft, and 43 helicopters. Estimated by researchers. The navy numbered 4,800 operating 25 patrol boats and 6 other craft. Paramilitary forces consisted of a 12,000-member national guard. Tunisia participates in United Nations peacekeeping efforts in the DROC ( MONUSCO ) and Côte d’Ivoire.
A little history about the Tunisian army.
In earlier times Tunisian soldiers had an excellent fighting record, as demonstrated by their service in the French army before independence, but the modern army has been largely untested. The battalions that assisted in the UN peace-keeping forces in the Congo in the early 1960s saw little if any, combat action. Similarly, a cease-fire was declared during the Arab-Israeli June 1967 War before the symbolic contingent of army troops Bourguiba offered to the Arabs could be committed. The small military contingent contributed by Tunisia to the Arab cause in the October 1973 War with Israel may have gained valuable experience in terms of wartime planning, military deployment, and logistical support, but these forces did not gain combat experience.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the army saw more action in internal security situations, where its record was mixed. The army was deployed in the Gafsa crisis of 1980 to put down the Libyan-supported insurgents. Although it was successful in the operation, shortcomings were pointed out by the army’s delay in deploying troops to Gafsa and their difficulty in overwhelming some 60 rebels. Similarly, when it was used in support of the police in the major civil disturbances of 1978 and 1984, the army turned in a successful, but flawed, performance. Untrained in crowd control, the troops on both occasions used what observers considered to be excessive force to put down demonstrators. Reportedly, ANT officers and conscripts alike resented their role in these situations where their enemies were not foreign invaders but fellow countrymen. The Tunisian army remains the top best force in the whole of Africa.
6. The Royal Moroccan Army (Morocco)
This is the branch of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. The army is about 175,000 troops strong, In case of war or state of siege, an additional force of 150,000 Reservists and paramilitary forces, including 20,000 regulars of the Royal Moroccan Gendarmerie and 30,000 Auxiliary Forces come under the Ministry of Defense command.
The Moroccan army has remained one of the top most powerful forces in Africa due to its strength when it comes to carrying out operations fast and smart
7. The People’s National Army (Algeria)
The Algerian army popularly known as people’s national Army include two armored and three mechanized divisions (IISS Military Balance 2007), one of which is the 8th Armored Division based at Ras El Ma, 90 kilometers from Sidi Bel Abbes, in the 2nd Military Region. The division was formed from the 8th Armored Brigade after 1988 (the 8th Armored Brigade seems to have been formed in 1976). Another is the 40th Mechanized Infantry Division apparently based in the 3rd Military Region. The mission of the 40th Division is usually the protection of the Algerian-Moroccan frontier. The IISS Military Balance 2013 named one of the other mechanized divisions as the 12th. The People’s National Army is the seventh best special forces in Africa 2017.
8. South African Special Force
The South African Special Forces is South Africa’s most skilled division in the armed forces, specializing in landward, airborne, and waterborne operations. The Defense Force describes the Special Forces as a “dynamic and effective force, which boasts specially-trained personnel, and is equipped with specialist equipment”. South African special forces played a pivotal role in the South African Border War and were active alongside the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Rhodesian Bush War. Combat operations were also undertaken against FRELIMO militants in Mozambique. The Special Forces Bri current structure is the result of extensive restructuring related to the integration of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) between 1992 and 1996. Elements of the brigade are expanded into two additional groups; though termed “regiments”, they consist only of small numbers of operators who are secretive, seldom photographed, and expertly trained. The current regiments include 4 Special Forces Regiment based at Langebaan in Western Cape Province and 5 Special Forces Regiment based at Phalaborwa in the northern Limpopo.
9. The Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF)
This is the military of Ethiopia and the ninth best special force in Africa 2017. The Civil direction of the military is carried out through the Ministry of Defense, which oversees the ground forces, air force, as well as the Defense Industry Sector. The current defense minister is Siraj Fergessa.
10.THE LIBYAN NATIONAL ARMY
The Libyan National Army is the national armed force of Libya Many armed groups that exist in areas outside the control of the Council of Deputies and the Libyan National Army accept government funding and openly exert authority associated with official forces, while not have a commitment to obey the Libyan National Army hierarchy or the government. As the Second Libyan Civil War progresses, armed groups are increasingly condemned by the Council of Deputies and have been branded illegal. The Libyan National Army was founded in 2011 by the National Transitional Council after forces aligned to it defeated the previous Libyan Army and overthrew Muammar Gaddafi ‘s regime. Supply depots and bases having been damaged during the civil war, the new army is faced with the challenge of having to rebuild much of the country’s military infrastructure.
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