The Spetsnaz are hard core, and they're probably the toughest, but as professional as the SAS? I think not.
The SBS are tough lads, and they've got a reputation for bravery, but they're certainly not the most elite.
Delta? Don't even try. Check out a book called Task Force Black, it's all about Delta and the SAS in Iraq -- Delta's not even in the same league.
The French Foreign Legion's an army unto itself, and so it isn't special forces, but the 22nd Parachute Regiment stands a fair shot -- they're still not the SAS though.
It's hard to say, I would argue that the SAS is the most elite special forces group in the world, hands down.
But there are many special forces groups out there that would excel in other fields.
BOPE for example (Rio De Jinerio Special Police Force) is an unbelievable fighting force, same with the South African Police Special Task Force, the sheer frequency of engagements they participate in makes them truly masters of not only combat, but especially in the South African Special Task Force at Hostage Negotiations and various other tasks.
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