Lebanese Special Operations Command
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|Lebanese Special Operations Command|
|Size||5,000 (3 brigades)|
|Part of||Lebanese Armed Forces|
The Lebanese Special Operations Command (LSOCOM) (Arabic: قيادة القوات الخاصة اللبنانية Kiyadat al Kouwat al Khasa al Loubnanya) is the joint Special Operations command of the Lebanese Armed Forces which groups Lebanon's elite units. The command is part of the Lebanese Armed Forces.
|Ministry of National Defense|
|Lebanese Air Force|
|Lebanese Special Forces|
|Lebanese Red Cross|
|Lebanese Military Personnel|
|Topics of Lebanon|
|Culture - Geography|
|History - Politics|
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.
The LSOCOM includes Lebanon's 4 Special Forces Regiments:
- Navy Commando Regiment (Navy SEALs)
- Commando Regiment (Also known as the Maghaweer)
- Lebanese Airborne Regiment
- Counter-Sabotage (Moukafaha) Branch and the Strike Force (Kouwa el-Dareba) Anti-Terrorism Branch
At formation, the size of the force was around 5,000 soldiers; however, the plan is to build a force the size of two to three brigades.
- Kahwaji, Riad (January 21, 2008), "Special Operations Command, More Military Aid for Beirut", Defense News[dead link]