Created in 1980 but reinvented in recent years, JSOC has grown from 1,800 troops before Sept. 11, 2001, to as many as 25,000. It has its own intelligence division, its own drones and reconnaissance planes, even its own dedicated satellites.
Members of an Army Special Forces team work as part of a combined JSOC task force in the Baghdad area in mid-2007. Their mission was to train Iraqi counterterrorism troops and to work with them on night raids aimed at capturing key Iraqi insurgents and al-Qaeda members. Chief Mass Communication Spec. Michael B.W. Watkins/U.S. Navy