The Lebanese Special Operations Command (LSOCOM) (Template:Lang-ar Kiyadat al Kouwat al Khasa al Loubnanya) is the joint Special Operations command of the Lebanese Army which groups Lebanon's elite units. The command is part of the Lebanese Army Command.
Background[edit | edit source]
Template:Lebanese Military The command was founded as a result of the lessons the army learned in the Nahr el Bared Operation. The Lebanese Special Forces spearheaded the attack on the camp in which 169 soldiers died and were the workhorse in the battle and the key to the success of the campaign. Nahr el Bared was the first occasion where these regiments were able to prove themselves capable, especially at counter-terrorism operations, which prompted the Lebanese Army Command to start planning to expand them.
Formation[edit | edit source]
The LSOCOM includes Lebanon's 4 Special Forces Regiments:
- Navy Commando Regiment (Navy SEALs)
- Lebanese Commando Regiment (Also known as the Maghaweer)
- Lebanese Airborne Regiment
- Counter-Sabotage (Moukafaha) Branch and the Strike Force (Kouwa el-Dareba) Anti-Terrorism Branch
Future[edit | edit source]
At formation, the size of the force was around 5000 soldiers; however, the plan is to build a force the size of two to three brigades.
References[edit | edit source]
- Kahwaji, Riad (January 21, 2008), "Special Operations Command, More Military Aid for Beirut", Defense News, http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=3308844