Skip to comments.Libyan rebels seize British SAS troops-Sunday Times
Posted on 03/05/2011 10:11:55 PM PST by Doofer
Libyan rebels have captured a British special forces unit in the east of the country after a secret diplomatic mission to make contact with opposition leaders backfired, Britain's Sunday Times reported. The team, understood to number up to eight SAS soldiers, were intercepted as they escorted a junior diplomat through rebel-held territory, the newspaper said. The Foreign Office said in a brief statement it could neither "confirm or deny" the report. Earlier on Saturday the Geneva-based Human Rights Solidarity group, which employs a number of Libyan exiles, told Reuters by telephone that a team of "eight special forces personnel" had been seized by rebels. Both the Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office repeatedly declined to comment on the group's report. The SAS intervention apparently angered Libyan opposition figures, who ordered the soldiers locked up on a military base, according to the Sunday Times. Opponents of longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fear he could use any evidence of Western military intervention to rally patriotic support away from a two-week-old uprising against his 41-year autocratic rule. Citing Libyan sources, the Sunday Times said the special forces troops were taken by rebels to Benghazi, Libya's second largest city and epicentre of the insurrection, and hauled before one of its most senior politicians for questioning. The paper said the junior diplomat they were escorting was preparing the way for a visit by a more senior colleague ahead of establishing diplomatic relations with the rebels. The Sunday Times said Libyan opposition officials were said to be trying to hush up the incident for fear of a backlash from ordinary Libyans.
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The Libyan desert never did agree with British troops...
Oh, I’m sure that the UK releasing that Lockerbie terrorist who was on death’s door as a humanitarian gesture will buy these SAS men a lot of goodwill with Khadafy.
Was he wearing a red shirt? Ok, not to make light of it but... This is why the junior personnel go out and make contact first.
Not sure I'd want to be those rebels when the next SAS team comes in to free their brethren. They will have very different ROE.
The last thing the rebels need is division, although many of them seem to think they need external help and clearly a lot of us foreigners do want to help em.
Seems like there's more to the story...
uhbummer probably ratted them out..
so the limey poofters will have to own up their own increasing dhimmification and emasculation, all by themselves.
NO cheers, unfortunately. This will just convince the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, "The Arab Street" etc. that the West is just a bunch of p*ssies.
Speaking of which...
Well, they were probably wearing Red, making them easy to identify.
Worked out for for us... Twice.
4th person in a British Star Trek landing party?
UK ‘to send team of spies’ to help oust Gadhafi...
British Army readies for mission at 24 hours’ notice...
Obama goes golfing...
Note OBAMA goes golfing
Bad move by the so called “Muslim Brotherhood.” Can’t blame the brits for seeking to rescue their diplomat.
If the MB harms them, then the wrath to come will be unconscionable. Since the brits will act independent of the UN and the US to protect their own. Which is all they were trying to do, in the first place.
They should have send their carrier group those harriers could have come in handy.
Isn’t this the same country whose navy surrendered to an Iranian gunboat?
The Brit’s own Operation Eagle Claw?
Considering Iran & AQ have bases there now this is not too bright.
sooooo....this shows that the rebels are just as anti west as Kadafi. Take their oil and the hell with em.
Prayers for the soldiers and for their loved ones.
Why is anyone from a western country playing around with these animals?
Wait out the civil war, once they have descimated each other we could come in and mop up then establish a new figurehead.
Note to the Brits: Could this be what happens when you acquire a rep for double-dealing....?
UK diplomatic/political incompetence to send these brave men into a trap.
Given the nature of the mission, I'll bet they had ROEs that prevented them firing on the rebels.
“sooooo....this shows that the rebels are just as anti west as Kadafi. Take their oil and the hell with em.”
You have just summed up in ten words what the MSM is about to push as foreign policy. There is a special place in hell for hypocrites
I mean far left liberal loon trash stupid, as in educated by some public school system.
Sending good men into a war zone to talk.
Ever hear of preplanned discrete advance contact & mutual meetings in safe & neutral places?
This sounds like dreamy flower power hippy can't we all just get along thinking.
islands of liberal insanity surrounded by reality.
Personally, if I wanted to train the rebels in order to help them topple the gov’t, I would set this up. If the rebels were smart, they would get the Brits to help.
Listen closely you morons. Apparently they are trying to help you. If you're not smart enough to understand that, you deserve what you get. Jeez.
Where is Monte when they need him!!! Rather, Patton is needed with a division of tanks. That’d fix it quick.
Huh? If the reports are correct and these were members of 22 SAS Regiment, they were founded in the Libyan desert! I'd say Iraq hasn't been kind, considering Bravo Two Zero.
if this is true then you can be sure the SAS will go on and kill everyone of these people now.
so the Brits and even the Dutch have gone on and done something and OBAMA IS GOLFING
What a prize clown we have and even more sad is his cult who adore this muppet
What many forget is that Muslim forces can be willing to spend more men than an eight-man patrol has ammo for.
The Brits would have been better off dropping a satellite phone from a UAV on each rebel stronghold and chatting with them remotely. If they got somebody worth talking to, they could use another UAV to airdrop a small video conferencing system.
They have now been released.
Its the rebels who have siezed them. Not Gaddafi.
Give it a little while.
I am taking the position that the British Government and BP have a close working relationship. Notice I said British which includes the Scots and explains the Lockerbie terrorist release of 2009. Eight SAS soldiers are tough hombres and would not allow themselves (at least not ALL eight) to be taken captive that easily unless under orders to do so. They are there to negotiate something in the favor of BP and the British Government, possibly in that order.
It is entirely possible that they are being held be a different faction of rebels than the one the represented by the guy they were escorting around, and they thought the representative was an usurper and should be shot.
I thought someone said they have been released...true?
I am truly confused:
“Libyan rebels have captured a British special forces unit in the east of the country after a secret diplomatic mission to make contact with opposition leaders backfired”
Aren’t the Libyan reels the opposition? Aren’t the rebels the exact ones the Brits wanted to make contact with?
1943: Monty / Patton
2011: Monty Python
HELL NO !! Are you daft !!?? They're Muslims - aka OUR ENEMY in this 3rd Islamic War.
Let the Mussies kill one another then we will have less to deal with.
Lest anyone forget the real rules of engagement - when the dust settles over there, there will another Sharia state(s) and we will then have another enemy to destroy. ,
I decided to put my daily AOL News link here as the Libya Live Thread is no longer on the right side list. A lot about the action at BenJwad (retaken by Q?), RasLanuf and Misrata (seem to be resisting effectively). Also on the British guys. Looking at the map it seems that Qadaffi is trying to cut off the rebels who are advancing on his hoped for future capital at Sirte. BJ separates RL from Benghazi. The rebels advancing are between RL and Sirte. Misrata separates Tripoli from Sirte. At Misrata, the defenders cleverly allowed the advancing loyalists deep into the city and then counterattacked.
On being truly confused: Here is a link I posted last night at the Libya Live Thread. It goes into considerable detail regarding the tribal situation and loyalties in Libya. I looked at a number of items under Google “Libya Tribal Groups” or something like that. This seemed to be one of the better ones. How big these tribes are? Figures vary in different articles. In cities there are apparently several tribes, perhaps with different agendas.
Why isn't the mass media asking simple questions like:
Why are there Libyan refugees when the people are the ones supposedly 'protesting'?
How can a peaceful group of Libyan citizens without weapons, training, and organization be engaged in an armed conflict with the Libyan military?
Why do peaceful 'protestors' request a no-fly zone?
Thanks for the update. This pseudo civil war is going to rage for a long time, assuming the anti-government forces continue to grow.