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Survival of the fittest

Conflicts since 9/11 have given special forces new prominence. They may fare less well as politicians prepare for the wars of the future

By Robert Fry   November 2012

The Long Range Desert Group of the SAS after months behind enemy lines, north Africa, 1942

The former US Navy SEAL writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen provoked an extraordinary range of responses with the publication of his account of the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, No Easy Day. Originally slated for release on the symbolic 11th September, it was rushed out early to meet a demand that had already placed it at the top of the Amazon and Barnes & Noble online bestseller lists; in the case of Amazon,…

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