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SAS to take on Taleban 'decapitation' mission after leaving Iraq
The Times ^ | December 13, 2008 | Michael Evans, Defence Editor

Posted on 12/13/2008 11:50:07 AM PST by Mercia

Two SAS squadrons are to switch from Iraq to Afghanistan next year to mount one of the biggest covert operations for decades against the Taleban leadership and opium smugglers, who help to fund insurgents.

They plan to mount a combined operation with the Special Boat Service (SBS), the Royal Marines’ equivalent of the Army’s elite regiment, which is leading covert missions in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.

The SAS served with distinction in Afghanistan during the early years of the campaign from 2001. It became involved in highly unusual formation assaults on the Taleban and al-Qaeda terrorists, and also in hunting for Osama bin Laden and drug traffickers.

A decision was taken about three years ago, however, to divide up the roles of special forces, giving the SBS lead responsibility for covert missions in Helmand province, while the SAS took charge in Iraq.

It has been operating from both Baghdad and Basra in the south of Iraq, where the rest of the British forces have been based for the past five years.

Next year, as most of the 4,100 troops are withdrawn, the SAS will also be pulled out, but its expertise and unrivalled experience of covert missions against foreign terrorists and insurgents will be exploited to the full in southern Afghanistan.

It will be joined by the other special forces support teams that have also played a vital role in Iraq in tracking down al-Qaeda and insurgent leaders: the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, which was formed out of 14 Intelligence Company, also known as the Det (Detachment), and the Special Forces Support Group, created from the former 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment, which provides back-up for SAS and SBS operations.

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TOPICS: United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; iraq; mohammedanism; oef; sas; specialforces; uk; uktroops

1 posted on 12/13/2008 11:50:07 AM PST by Mercia
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To: Mercia
Two SAS squadrons are to switch from Iraq to Afghanistan next year to mount one of the biggest covert operations for decades against the Taleban leadership

But don't tell anyone...

2 posted on 12/13/2008 11:56:07 AM PST by JRios1968 (Sarah Palin is what Willis was talkin' about!)
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To: Mercia
Two SAS squadrons are to switch from Iraq to Afghanistan next year to mount one of the biggest covert operations for decades against the Taleban leadership and opium smugglers, who help to fund insurgents.

I thought I knew what covert meant. But maybe I’m wrong.

Do the Brits have press conferences for all of their secret missions?

Are they going to publish the squadrons fight itinerary next?

3 posted on 12/13/2008 11:56:24 AM PST by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: Pontiac; JRios1968

You all beat me to it. Sounds like they have great operational security.


4 posted on 12/13/2008 12:02:17 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Mercia
just like the NY Times

5 posted on 12/13/2008 12:08:10 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist -)
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To: PAR35; Pontiac; JRios1968

I was half tempted not to post this article really, but its in the public domain anyway, so i chose to do so.

I was just trying to re-affirm to everyone here that the UK is committed to Afghanistan. SAS and SRR are serious outifts, that do bad things to bad people.


6 posted on 12/13/2008 12:08:28 PM PST by Mercia
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To: Mercia

Elaine : Oh TED! I never knew I could be so happy. These
few months have been just wonderful. Tomorrow,
why don’t we drive up the coast to that little
seafood place and . . . what’s the matter???
Striker : My orders came through. My squadron ships out
tomorrow, we’re bombing the storage depots at
Daiquiri at 18:00 hours. We’re coming in from the
North, below their radar.
Elaine : When will you be back?
Striker : I can’t tell you that? It’s classified.


7 posted on 12/13/2008 12:13:03 PM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama? There will be a pop quiz every day for the next four years...miss a question, people die.)
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To: Mercia

Not to worry. A few at this forum think it a security breach to announce that the baddest of bad a$$es are going to kick some in Afghanistan.

It is not a security breach, it is a promise.


8 posted on 12/13/2008 12:19:05 PM PST by Jacquerie (Politicians are people who create problems and then campaign against them - Charlie Reese)
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To: Mercia

Military operation: The SAS are arriving.

Military operation plus: The SAS are arriving, and they’re carrying kukri knives.

Military operation plus a cherry on top: The SAS are arriving, and they’re carrying kukri knives, and driving a herd of pigs.


9 posted on 12/13/2008 12:39:20 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: null and void

Over Macho Grande?


10 posted on 12/13/2008 12:39:54 PM PST by JRios1968 (Sarah Palin is what Willis was talkin' about!)
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To: Mercia

Nice to know the SAS are planting Daises.


11 posted on 12/13/2008 1:19:08 PM PST by Karliner ("Things are more like they are now than they ever were before. DDE)
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To: Jacquerie

Yes, that’s part of the message. We’re coming for you, we can tell you we’re coming, and it won’t make any difference. Prepare yourselves.


12 posted on 12/13/2008 1:46:03 PM PST by CodeMasterPhilzar
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To: CodeMasterPhilzar

Rading this article makes me think that civlized countries should get tough with those who deal in illegal opiates. Make it even more not worthwhile, dry up the terrorists’ funds, and make it an international effort. But then, what do I know.


13 posted on 12/13/2008 9:00:53 PM PST by MoTiger
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To: JRios1968; null and void
Over Macho Grande?

I'll never get over Macho Grande.

14 posted on 12/13/2008 9:05:06 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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