Special Operations Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom: Background and Issues for Congress [October 15, 2001] [open pdf - 42KB]
From the Summary: "Special Operations Forces (SOF) are elite, specialized military units that can be inserted 'behind the lines' through land, sea, or air to conduct a variety of operations, many of them clandestine. SOF units are expected to play an important role in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and possibly elsewhere as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S. military campaign against terrorists. This short report provides background information and issues for Congress on U.S. SOF units and will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21048