Inside story of the UK's secret mission to beat Gaddafi

January 18th, 2012  

Topic: Inside story of the UK's secret mission to beat Gaddafi

By Mark Urban Diplomatic and Defence editor, Newsnight

British efforts to help topple Colonel Gaddafi were not limited to air strikes. On the ground - and on the quiet - special forces soldiers were blending in with rebel fighters. This is the previously untold account of the crucial part they played...

Under the deconfliction rubric, British advisers made their way to places like Misrata, then under siege, where the RAF was focusing its air strikes. The stage was set then for months of bombing which, as it progressed, both exhausted the stocks of precision weapons available to some Nato allies and the patience of many politicians for what was going on. Insiders say that, discreetly, they were soon doing more than deconfliction, actually co-ordinating certain Nato air attacks.....

As for Britain's decision finally to deploy an SAS squadron, "they made a fantastic difference", argues one insider. It is part of the essence of troops of this kind that they often operate in secrecy, providing their political masters with policy options that they might not wish to own up to publicly.
January 25th, 2012  
This is one thing that our heroic soldiers are sometimes not recognized of their deeds because of the secrecy. I'm curious, are they provided with all the protective equipment they need when out there like an armor vest perhaps?
January 26th, 2012  
If my information is correct, the SAS can basically get what they want (within reason).

An amazing story of the SAS is the Battle of Birbat where 9 SAS troopers fought off 250 Adoo guerrillas. Well worth a read.

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