There is no general agreement on what does or does not constitute special operations.
The United States maintains the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), the U.S. Army Rangers, the U.S. Army Airborne, Special Forces, Delta Force, the U.S. Navy Seals, and the United States Marines. Britain has the Special Air Service (SAS), Germany the GS-9, Russia the Spetsnaz, and Israel the Isayeret.
The role of special operations is constantly changing. After being nearly disbanded after WWII, special operations have proven themselves to be a vital requirement for national defense.
Your Source for Special Warfare
U.S. Special Operations Command
Special Operations Acquisitions & Logistics
Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain (MOUT)
The Israeli Special Forces Home Page
For and by the Ranger Community
Informationsseite und Diskussionsforum uber die Grenzschutzgruppe 9
U.S. Naval Special Warfare Recruiting Site
Airborne Equipment Shop
1st Tactical Studies Group (Airborne)
Commandos Around the World
From How to Make War
Special Forces Search Engine
HQ U.S. Army Special Operations Command
Navy Special Warfare
U.S. Navy Seals