17 Terrifying Special Forces From Around The World Technology The facts are in, special forces are more effective when they look menacing. Given the complicated situations they are thrust within, dressing the part is half the battle. Well, it can’t hurt. Let’s examine the most intimidating of the world’s specialized soldiers. 1. British SAS Pinterest – A.S. One of the most revered, respected, and pioneering Special Forces on the planet come out of England. Created during the Second World War, the SAS were originally called “L” Detachment and operated in the North African Campaign. The SAS are used today in the Middle East to battle ISIS. As of January 2015 they have been dispatched to the Libyan oil fields to halt the advance of the terrorist organization.