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Libya: British forces rescue 150 civilians from desert (Good Show!)
The Telegraph ^ | 2/26/2011 | Alastair Jamieson

Posted on 02/26/2011 11:43:34 AM PST by mojito

Two RAF Hercules aircraft were involved in the operation, which involved the SAS and forces from Special Boat Service.

Both planes have landed in Malta, the Ministry of Defence confirmed, while HMS Cumberland is on her way back to Benghazi to evacuate anyone else left in the chaos-stricken country.

Britain has also evacuated its diplomatic staff and suspended the operations of the British embassy in Tripoli.

Workers departed on the last Government-chartered flight, which took off for Gatwick carrying 53 British nationals on Saturday afternoon.

Liam Fox, the defence secretary, said: "I can confirm that two RAF C130 Hercules aircraft have evacuated around 150 civilians from desert locations south of Benghazi.

"HMS Cumberland is on her way back to Benghazi to evacuate any remaining entitled persons from there.

"HMS York has arrived in Valletta to take on board stores so it can assist the evacuation effort if required. And a number of other military assets remain available to support the FCO led efforts to return civilians from Libya"

The desert rescue was reported to be extremely complex and relied on information about the likely response from Libya's air defence systems

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: libya; raf; sas
Nice going.
1 posted on 02/26/2011 11:43:39 AM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

Great job.

I remember back when the United States had a president, and we could do operations like this.


2 posted on 02/26/2011 11:50:17 AM PST by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: mojito

Sassy Grass


3 posted on 02/26/2011 11:50:49 AM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: mojito

I wonder what condition they left the rig in?


4 posted on 02/26/2011 11:51:05 AM PST by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: mojito
Good job is right. And I'm sure the Brits used an appropriate vehicle for the rescue. I'm still embarrassed that we sent a catamaran and India sent in a cruise ship. Geez.
5 posted on 02/26/2011 11:52:13 AM PST by HollyB
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To: mojito

Brave lads!


6 posted on 02/26/2011 11:56:47 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: mojito

You mean they didn’t send a Ferry COD?


7 posted on 02/26/2011 11:59:04 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: mojito

C-130s will land just about anywhere.


8 posted on 02/26/2011 12:02:44 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: mojito

So does the U.S. still have any people in Libya? If we do then we may have to depend on the Brits to get them out, seeing as how they seem to know more about rescues than whoever chartered that ferryboat we used.


9 posted on 02/26/2011 12:06:55 PM PST by K-Stater
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To: mojito
Good old C-130. A true workhorse.

RAF C-130

10 posted on 02/26/2011 12:08:04 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: mojito

America’s new work horse if Odumbo has his way will be one of those horse head toys on a broom stick. that is the hope and change Odumbo promised.


11 posted on 02/26/2011 12:15:01 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: mojito

Hussein Traitor Obama doesn’t like the British very much and it’s because of things like this-—protecting one’s citizens and their property.


12 posted on 02/26/2011 12:18:32 PM PST by Tea Party Reveler
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To: K-Stater
So does the U.S. still have any people in Libya?

With the Odumbo crew in charge, I'm sure that we don't know if we have any people left in Libya, or where they might be.

13 posted on 02/26/2011 12:20:59 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

Good Show? Did the Brits also get the Lockerbie mass murderer they sent back to Libya recently?


14 posted on 02/26/2011 12:33:15 PM PST by nkycincinnatikid
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To: SampleMan
Our POTUS, (aka The Mombasa Moonbeam) was terribly busy with the arrangements for his Motown Party and appointing his new openly gay Social Secretary. Place settings, menus, invitations, decor, awards, these things all require meticulous planning ... and let's face it, there's always going to be some problem rearing up its silly little head if not in one of the 57 states, somewhere else.

Those captured by pirates, and those stuck in Lybia, will just have to hang on a while longer. Besides, Team Obama has already dispatched a ferryboat to pick up the folks in Lybia. All they had to do was give the purser their credit card and get aboard, and as soon as the weather calms down a bit, the chartered vessel could leave for Malta.

Priotities, Sir! We are talking Gladys Knight and the Pips here, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding.... and you want us to interrupt that to do what?

GAFG, man!

15 posted on 02/26/2011 12:37:50 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Tell me the legal name of the man living in the White House.)
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To: SampleMan
One problem is off the Mombasa Moonbeam's plate. Those hostages taken by the Somali Pirates are dead.

Sad. But on the bright side, Barry and Michelle had the Motown Gang over and the party was a smash hit! That new gay party planner is the bomb!

Hey, Not worried about Lybia. The less reasonably priced fuel available in the US, the greener our environment.

"Heard it on the Grapevine," baby!

16 posted on 02/26/2011 12:48:12 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Tell me the legal name of the man living in the White House.)
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To: mojito

Amazing job,just read about this on another site.


17 posted on 02/26/2011 12:51:25 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: nkycincinnatikid
Did the Brits also get the Lockerbie mass murderer they sent back to Libya recently?

That corrupt deal was struck between Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Scotish officials. And with Obama's connivance.

The RAF had nothing to do with it.

18 posted on 02/26/2011 12:52:03 PM PST by mojito
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To: HollyB
I'm still embarrassed that we sent a catamaran and India sent in a cruise ship. Geez.

Our Fairy-in-Chief sent a ferry. What's the surprise?

19 posted on 02/26/2011 12:55:07 PM PST by thethirddegree (Islam is a vile, barbaric, perverted, depraved,seditious cult invented by a murdering pedophile)
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To: nkycincinnatikid
Here's a link to the sordid, stomach churning details of Megrahi’s release, as established by a recently concluded investigation:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-12381612

20 posted on 02/26/2011 12:55:29 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

Our dad flew this plane for many years. On his way home to Travis Air Force Base he would fly over our home and gun the engines back-and-forth. We would hear this and all us seven kids would run out into the front yard and wave to daddy. Two hours later, just like clockwork, he would drive up and we jumped for joy. We made our highest jump of joy when he returned from Vietnam. There is a common thread in many Freep posts “where do we find such men.” We had the privilege of growing up as the sons and daughters of one such man. He survived WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, and came home each time, thanks to the Lord and some good Irish luck. He had a drawer full of Medals, but the only time he would put them on his uniform was when his CO (Commanding Officer) would order him. He loved those C-130’s, they were tough and could land almost anywhere.


21 posted on 02/26/2011 1:46:02 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus III (Do, or do not, there is no try.)
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To: mojito

I wonder if the Brits have enough sympathy for their poorly led former colony that they will rescue stranded Americans too. It’s sad that we have dropped behind them as a world power, but that’s the choice that the parasites, the dead voters, and the fictional constituents made back in 2008.


22 posted on 02/26/2011 1:46:05 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Yardstick

If they evacuated 150 people on two aircraft it must have been pretty crowded with the troops as well. As you say a very useful piece of equipment.


23 posted on 02/26/2011 1:53:24 PM PST by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: Pollster1
Libya, or as we now spell it in honor of our imPOTUS, "Lybia," was a former Italian Colony. They won it from the Turks in the war of 1911, but it took another 20 years to subdue it, and they lost it after WWII. They never found the oil.

Around 1960, some bright Texans looked where they hadn't, and the rest is history. Used to be a USAF base, and was run by a nice old (and oiled) king, Idris. Was there. Is now one of the biggest hellholes on Earth, thanks to Ghadaffi.

24 posted on 02/26/2011 1:58:49 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Tell me the legal name of the man living in the White House.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

imPOTUS, LOL. That’s new to me, and I like it so much that I will steal it.


25 posted on 02/26/2011 2:22:15 PM PST by agere_contra (Historically every time the Left has 'expanded its moral imagination' the results have been horrific)
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To: agere_contra
imPOTUS, LOL. That’s new to me, and I like it so much that I will steal it.

Listen up, Plagiarist. After you use it 10,000 times, I am telling the Moderator.

26 posted on 02/26/2011 2:43:49 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Tell me the legal name of the man living in the White House.)
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To: Pollster1

I think I saw a report on the BBC were an American was taken on board HMS Cumberland (I think a few Irish people were rescued to), he said in his drawling US accent ‘I never thought I’d be glad to see the Union Jack’. So I think it is already happening...


27 posted on 02/26/2011 2:59:09 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: mojito

Hats off to SAS and SBS


28 posted on 02/26/2011 3:29:43 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: nkycincinnatikid

Good post. The UK gets no credit for anything Libya related for the next 50 years.


29 posted on 02/27/2011 1:29:02 AM PST by Dagnabitt ("Obama" - Swahili for "Fail")
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To: nkycincinnatikid

Good post. The UK gets no credit for anything Libya related for the next 50 years.


30 posted on 02/27/2011 1:29:14 AM PST by Dagnabitt ("Obama" - Swahili for "Fail")
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To: nkycincinnatikid

Good point, it is a national disgrace.

All those involved (in freeing him) should face trial for treason and once convicted extradited to the US to face charges there and hopefully execution at the end of it.

It is an outrage that they sold out the memory of those killed for business reasons.


31 posted on 02/27/2011 5:56:56 AM PST by UKrepublican
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To: UKrepublican

That’s a win-win for the rest of the UK, as we wouldn’t be paying Gordon Brown’s pension any longer if the Americans give him the needle.


32 posted on 02/27/2011 7:05:45 AM PST by agere_contra (Historically every time the Left has 'expanded its moral imagination' the results have been horrific)
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To: mojito

Second rescue mission was conducted today.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12592849


33 posted on 02/27/2011 1:55:40 PM PST by Tommyjo
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To: Tommyjo

Saw that! Thanks for the ping!


34 posted on 02/27/2011 4:36:42 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

No problem. Thanks for the reply.


35 posted on 03/01/2011 10:21:30 PM PST by Tommyjo
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