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SAS poised to rescue British oil workers stranded in Libyan desert ( as many as 500 stranded )
Guardian (UK) ^ | Friday 25 February 2011 20.22 GMT | Richard Norton-Taylor and Matthew Taylor

Posted on 02/25/2011 12:50:03 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Estimated 150 Britons still trapped in remote areas as armed forces on standby in Malta plan to extricate them

SAS troops, with a unit of paras in support, are poised to help an estimated 150 British oil company workers stranded in isolated parts of the Libyan desert.

They were believed to be on standby in Malta ready to extricate the British nationals as the frigate HMS Cumberland prepared to arrive at the Mediterranean island with 200 Britons on board. The frigate HMS York was ordered to head east for the Libyan coast, though the captain had not yet been instructed with any specific task, defence officials said.

Officials referred to a "range of assets" now available to British forces in the region. They are understood to include Chinook helicopters, Hercules aircraft which can land and take off on relatively short strips, and larger C17 aircraft which could land only at places with large airfields, such as Tripoli or Benghazi.A government official familiar with contingency plans that have been drawn up said: "There are small pockets of people in a massive area". He was referring to British oil workers stuck in the desert, at risk from attacks and looting.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said he is trying to co-ordinate an international rescue mission, either with or without the co-operation of the Libyan authorities. As many as 50 British citizens are still in Tripoli and more than 150 in the desert.

After David Cameron's apology in the wake of widespread criticism of government handling of the crisis and the evacuation of British citizens from Libya, officials have admitted that the Whitehall machine had failed to rise to the occasion.

Sources told the Guardian that a major problem was that the government was too anxious about "the Libyan perception" ......

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britishoilworkers; libya; sas

1 posted on 02/25/2011 12:50:11 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Awful kind of the authors to tell the enemy about the situation. I’m sure the irresponsible journalism will not go un-noticed by both the military as well as the families of these souls.

I hope none of the ‘Good Guys’ gets hurt, as a result of this article.


2 posted on 02/25/2011 12:52:23 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Meanwhile, the Obama is trying to find out how many of the possible American Citizen oil workers are MUSLIM,DEMOCRATS, BLACK, LGBT, abortionists(in their leisure time), and naturalized insurgents and illegals claiming to be Americans.


3 posted on 02/25/2011 12:53:07 PM PST by Gaffer (A Democrat is an animal that escaped extinction from the 'big dinosaur-killer' event.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This is how a leader reacts to his people in peril. So much for our “organizer.!”


4 posted on 02/25/2011 12:53:15 PM PST by NavyCaptain
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To: SE Mom; Marine_Uncle
From deep in the article:

***********************EXCERPT*********************************

Around 500 British nationals are thought to remain in Libya — many trapped on remote oil fields in the south of the country.

5 posted on 02/25/2011 12:53:38 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Maybe these SAS guys can rescue our Americans too?


6 posted on 02/25/2011 12:55:56 PM PST by MrInvisible
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If its in print its already happened....lots of dead mercenaries hitting the sanding the last 24 hours...


7 posted on 02/25/2011 12:56:16 PM PST by databoss
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To: Hodar

“Awful kind of the authors to tell the enemy about the situation. I’m sure the irresponsible journalism will not go un-noticed by both the military as well as the families of these souls.

I hope none of the ‘Good Guys’ gets hurt, as a result of this article.”

Did it occur to you the British military might USE the press, for disinformation?

The British had a good record of using disinformation during WWII.


8 posted on 02/25/2011 12:59:52 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Send in the Afrika Korps. (Too bad they’re no longer available).


9 posted on 02/25/2011 1:03:22 PM PST by Argus
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To: Argus

And where’s the French Foreign Legion, BTW? This would seem to be right up their alley.


10 posted on 02/25/2011 1:04:27 PM PST by Argus
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

SAS means a WHOLE can of Whoopass may be opened.


11 posted on 02/25/2011 1:07:05 PM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Argus

Don’t forget that the British 7th Armoured Division kicked the Afrika Korps’ ass (and they are available).


12 posted on 02/25/2011 1:07:33 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: MrInvisible

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwoZrEmm5sQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PPhny0mAL4

Brit SAS series Ultimate Force.


13 posted on 02/25/2011 1:09:41 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Obummer, the Gutless Wonder


14 posted on 02/25/2011 1:11:12 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: MrInvisible

The Brits’ SAS .... they truly are some of the best ...


15 posted on 02/25/2011 1:11:57 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Gaffer
Meanwhile, the Obama is trying to find out how many of the possible American Citizen oil workers are MUSLIM,DEMOCRATS, BLACK, LGBT, abortionists(in their leisure time), and naturalized insurgents and illegals claiming to be Americans.

Only if they are dues paying members of the AFL/CIO. ;~))

16 posted on 02/25/2011 1:15:25 PM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Mr. Lucky
Don’t forget that the British 7th Armoured Division kicked the Afrika Korps’ ass (and they are available).

Ya, but they are all like 85 or 90 years old now. ;~))

Well, now that I think about it I guess they could still kick the Libyan army's ass.

17 posted on 02/25/2011 1:20:01 PM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: truth_seeker
Did it occur to you the British military might USE the press, for disinformation?

No, it didn't; because it doesn't make sense.

Are there British engineers/techs out in the desert working on oil wells? Probably. Were they bussed in there? Likely. Are they protected, in the middle of the desert? Probably not. Why were they left to work in the desert without armed protection? Probably because a simple phone call would result in a armed rescue by Quadafi's thugs. His thugs are not world-reknown for their mercy and compassion.

Now introduce civil unrest and the Arab mind that is incapable of accepting blame for ANYTHING - their excuse for burning their fingers is to blame Israel first, and America second. Britons are an easy target, and killing unarmed civilians is Arab equivalent to Viagra in at the Playboy mansion.

18 posted on 02/25/2011 1:42:44 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: shield

While I have the highest regards for the SAS, If I were in Libya the words I’d want to hear:
“US Marines we’re to take you home”


19 posted on 02/25/2011 2:19:09 PM PST by ozdragon
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To: ozdragon

Even Marines think VERY highly of the SAS.

TC


20 posted on 02/25/2011 2:22:32 PM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What a MESS! Incompetence at state departments is pretty incredible..


21 posted on 02/25/2011 2:29:33 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck

Semper Fi


22 posted on 02/25/2011 2:39:18 PM PST by ozdragon
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Been off the boards for a while. Perhaps those remote oil/gas drilling sites are now among the safest areas in Libya. Unless the locals go nuts and without thinking start to blow them up to spite Gaddafi.


23 posted on 02/25/2011 4:20:15 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: Marine_Uncle; SE Mom
I've been off doing things...watching the TeeVee....CNBC showed an NBC Video Clip with Kadaffy addressing his troops...saying the arsenal is open...take what you need and get out there and turn the streets RED....Gonna get Ugly .
24 posted on 02/25/2011 4:49:43 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Got an Artic Express coming in direct from Alaska tonight...talk of Snow down low.


25 posted on 02/25/2011 4:50:44 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Keyword Stormwatch....


26 posted on 02/25/2011 4:52:17 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Friday, 25th February 2011 - 19:35CET

Private flight plucks Maltese from the desert
A flight chartered by a private company in Malta in association with Medavia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rescued a number of Maltese who had been stranded on a desert oil rig in Libya.

The plane flew direct from Malta to an airstrip near the oil rig, picked up the workers, stopped at Tripoli to pick up more workers, and then flew on to Malta.

The workers had been concerned about dwindling supplies of food and water and fears that oil installations would be bombed. Flight clearance was granted after two days of negotiation, but the flight was delayed further yesterday because of a sandstorm.

Some 6,000 foreign workers are expected to arrive in Malta tonight.

A cruise ship chartered by a Brazilian company is expected to bring some 3,000 workers from Brazil, Thailand and Vietnam, while 2,000 Chinese, as well as 13 Maltese, will arrive on the ferry Roma, chartered by the Chinese government.

Some 300 hundred Britons are due to arrive on a British frigate and some 500 Americans and Canadians as well as 49 Britons and four Maltese will arrive on two catamarans


27 posted on 02/25/2011 4:58:22 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

http://www.timesofmalta.com/


28 posted on 02/25/2011 5:00:08 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
It is clear Qadaffy has no intentions of leaving. Once the armory is emptied, it will go down to hand to hand as the people storm his palace. They will blow gates then doors open and storm the place.
As of 10:50PM EST., it looks like your neck of the woods is holding out with 50F plus temps.. Perhaps you will get spared the white stuff. But then. Next five days, you should stay above 35 at the low end and highs in the 50-60 range. Based on Oceanside,CA being in your neck of the woods.
Show to your east in the mountains.
29 posted on 02/25/2011 7:58:47 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: Marine_Uncle

35 is cold...with high humidity...


30 posted on 02/25/2011 10:12:54 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

For the SAS, it would be like going home - Libya was where the SAS was first deployed, during the North Africa campaign.


31 posted on 02/26/2011 1:08:33 AM PST by Winniesboy
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"35 is cold...with high humidity..."
Indeed it is. Raw feeling. Looks like SF did get a dusting in the upper hills. No response required, just an acknowledgment.
32 posted on 02/26/2011 11:20:16 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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