Spain establishes new Special Operations Group

17 January 2016 (Last Updated January 17th, 2016 18:30)

The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has restructured its armed forces in a bid to enhance the capabilities of its multination training missions.

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The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has restructured its armed forces in a bid to enhance the capabilities of its multination training missions.

The European nation has established Granada II (GOE II), a fourth Special Operations Force under the Special Operations Command, reported DefenseNews.

A Spanish Army source was quoted Defense News as saying: "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."

This new unit will join existing Special Operations Command units Valencia III, Tercio de Ampurdán IV and Legionario Maderal Oleaga XIX.

The new unit is expected to be deployed for training missions in Iraq to assist the Iraqi Army in fighting ISIS.

The Spanish Government had already deployed forces to a base in Tallil, in the province of Nasiriya in southern Iraq.

The Spanish Army has troops in Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, and provides support in Mauritania and Senegal.

In 2014, the nation had established a Joint Special Operations Command to combines the strength of its armed forces.


Image: Spanish soldiers of the Airborne Brigade in Afghanistan. Photo: courtesy of US military / Department of Defense.