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The U-Group of the Public Security
Force has provided counterterrorist duties for the
Bahranian government since the early 1980's. It is
interesting to note that many of the non-commissioned
personnel are contracted from Pakistan's Special Service
Group (SSG). U-Group is based on Muharraq Island and
is under the operational control of Bahrain's Security
and Intelligence Service (BSIS).
Made up of approximately 350 personnel,
the Bahrani Special Forces are not a true SOF-capable
unit. Training deficiencies hinder the development
of this group into a viable special ops apparatus
(despite the fact that it has trained with Britain's
22 SAS and U.S. Special Forces on numerous occasions).
BSF is organized as follows: