15 Top Secret Military Operations in History

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We all love cloak and dagger spy movies. But what about the cloak and dagger actions that happen in real life?

The Encylcopedia Britannica describes special operations as: “Given its unorthodox nature, special operations warfare is directly related to other well-known forms of unconventional warfare such as terrorism, guerrilla warfare, and insurgency. Most often, however, special forces are trained to counter these forms of aggression, using superior tactics, equipment, supply, and mobility to defeat terrorists, guerrillas, and insurgents who adopt unconventional tactics out of necessity. Special forces seek to deprive irregular opponents of the few tactical advantages they possess by denying them mobility, sanctuary, surprise, and initiative. In other cases, though, special forces may actually conduct guerrilla warfare or insurgency against conventional state-based adversaries, for example, by harrying or harassing supplying lines, raising partisan forces, or distracting enemy forces from conventional operations and forcing them to deal with threats in areas thought to be pacified or secure.”

Cloak and Dagger. Via Moviemansguide.com.
Cloak and Dagger. Via Moviemansguide.com.
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15. The Assassination of Caesar.

Biography.com says this about Caesar’s assassination, “Caesar’s wish to include his former Roman enemies in the government helped spell his downfall. Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus were both former enemies who’d joined the Senate. Together, the two of them led the assassination of Caesar on the Ides of March (the 15th), 44 BC.

It’s not altogether clear whether Caesar knew ahead of time of the plot to kill him. What was clear, though, was that the conspirators, who dubbed themselves “the liberators,” needed to act fast. By all accounts Caesar had plans to leave Rome on March 18 for a military campaign in what is now modern-day Iraq. There he hoped to avenge the losses suffered by Crassus.”

Shakespeare wrote one of the most quoted lines of all time as Caesars final words. “Et Tu Brute?”

Caesar Augustus. Via biography.com.
Caesar Augustus. Via biography.com.


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