U.S. special troops and rangers have recently arrived in South Korea to participate in upcoming joint drills, the U.S. Forces Korea said Wednesday.
The 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the 75th Ranger Regiment were previously involved in controversial assassinations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They are also trained to eliminate weapons of mass destruction.
It is unusual for the USFK to announce the arrival of special forces, and the move was probably prompted by North Korea’s recent nuclear test and announcement of an imminent rocket launch.
The troops will join South Korea’s Special Warfare Command and use a special operations aircraft that is capable of stealth infiltration, the MC-130J Commando Solo II, the USFK said.
The U.S. Marine Corps and Navy SEAL special operations forces are reportedly already in South Korea and will also joint the drills in March.