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The Spanish Army will strengthen its specialized units against jihadism

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Spanish Army Bolsters Special Forces Against Jihadism

The Spanish Army will strengthen its specialized units against jihadism with the creation of a fourth Special Operations Force, Grupo de Operaciones Especiales (GOE). These military groups, framed in the Special Operations Command, Mando de Operaciones Especiales (MOE), have been deployed in multinational training missions in Mali and Iraq during the last three years. They also carried out the opening mission in the Central African Republic in 2012.

"The foundation of the new GOE is an aftermath of the current operating scenario where special operations forces are developing an essential role. The new unit will enable us to expand our deployment capability in missions abroad," a Spanish Army source told Defense News.

The welcoming ceremony for the new GOE unit, Granada II, took place on Jan. 15 at the headquarters in Alicante. This new unit will join Valencia III, Tercio de Ampurdán IV and Legionario Maderal Oleaga XIX. The estimated number of troops for these four elite Army groups is around 600.

This number will not increase in the short term, but the fourth GOE lays the groundwork for developing a structure that could boost troop levels.

"The special operations units cannot grow overnight. The Special Operations Command is making a significant effort of recruitment and training that cannot be carried out in large quantities and quickly. Initially we will not have a significant increase of troops but we hope to grow gradually in a medium-term horizon," the same source said.

Known as the "green berets" in the Spanish Army, the MOE is now deployed in Iraq where it is training the Iraqi Army and special forces in the cities of Baghdad and Taji in counter-terrorism and emergency response. One of those Iraqi units took part in the battle of Ramadi against ISIS.
 

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Well it is always good to see other countries start jumping on board with dealing with these people. I feel like all that we are getting from anyone is just rhetoric and words, which are great and all but until there is real defense and real sanctions and real action, I do not believe that anything positive will happen. I am glad to see Spain though.
 

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I reckon that it is good when countries unite to fight off the terrorist groups and think the Spanish army will do more to stop the groups from invading the country and I hope that we see more good results which make the people safe in the country, and not be afraid of the rebels and it can take time to fight them off in each battle which makes the people feel safe from the groups. It is nice to see the country do more for the people and hope that more is done to push the groups back, and not let them in which can make the place safer for other people and the young ones. I think that in the coming months we will see positive results and also it can make other countries think about what will happen when the country is safe and also it will be nice to be safe from terror and crime.
 

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It seems like peace-loving people like Spain and some other countries that I know are scared of terrorism and that is the first in their agenda when it comes to national issues. In the recent months. there was the sneak attacks in Paris and last week there was the suicide bombers in Jakarta. There is not sure way to prevent or avoid such incidents that's why it is scary to imagine your country being attacked by the Islamic extremists.
 

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