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The heroes’ bravery has not been officially acknowledged as Tory ministers lean on defence chiefs not to acknowledge the secret ground war
Three elite British troops were hurt under fire from Islamic State thugs during a top-secret mission in Iraq.
But the heroes’ bravery has not been officially acknowledged as Tory ministers lean on defence chiefs not to acknowledge the secret ground war being fought by our special forces in Iraq and Syria .
By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
Everything is interrelated: war, terrorism, the police state, the global economy, economic austerity, financial fraud, corrupt governments, poverty and social inequality, police violence, Al Qaeda, ISIS, media disinformation, racism, war propaganda weapons of mass destruction, the derogation of international law, the criminalization of politics, the CIA, the FBI, climate change, nuclear war, Fukushima, nuclear radiation, crimes against humanity, The China-Russia alliance, Syria Ukraine, NATO, false flags, 9/11 Truth, ….
An overall understanding of this Worldwide crisis is required: the last section deals briefly with reversing the tide of war, peace-making, instating social justice and real democracy.
This article includes a compendium of relevant citations (from my writings) pertaining to different dimensions of this global crisis. Citations from other authors are indicated in italics.
The hyperlinks in each of the paragraphs indicate the original source of the quotation.
British Special Forces have been deployed in Libya to wrest back control of more than a dozen oil fields seized by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants, it has emerged.
Approximately 6,000 European and US soldiers, including 1,000 British troops, will be involved in a number of offensives set up to halt the advance of the jihadist terror group.
The operation will be led by Italian forces and supported mainly by Britain and France.
“And we should be uncompromising – using all the means at our disposal – including military force – to hunt down these extremists …”
That does incl. their commanders, right Mr. Cameron?
– British SAS Special Forces “Dressed Up as ISIS Rebels” Fighting Assad in Syria (Global Research, Aug 4, 2015):
By Stephen Lendman
On August 2, Britain’s Sunday Express newspaper headlined “SAS dress as ISIS fighters in undercover war on jihadis,” saying:
“More than 120 members belonging to the elite regiment are currently in the war-torn country” covertly “dressed in black and flying ISIS flags,” engaged in what’s called Operation Shader – attacking Syrian targets on the pretext of combatting ISIS.
– Deadly SAS march in scorching heat went ahead to ‘avoid paperwork,’ inquest hears (RT, June 1, 2015):
A training exercise in which three highly fit special forces recruits died from overheating went ahead in dangerously high temperatures because canceling it would have meant a lot of paperwork, one casualty’s mother told an inquest.
Speaking on the first day of an inquest into the deaths, Mary Roberts, mother of reservist paratrooper Craig Roberts, who died July 2013, said when she asked an officer why the march, known in the military as a “tab,” went ahead she was told: “There would be too much paperwork to postpone it.”
“We were so angry at that … we were being told the march had not been cancelled to save paperwork.”
British Special Forces hunting the killer of James Foley are using an array of sophisticated equipment to track him down – and possibly free other hostages being held.
The Mail on Sunday has been given a detailed account of how elite troops from the SAS and the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) are conducting high-tech operations inside Syria and Iraq, which could lead to the capture of the extremists within days.
– Secret SAS ‘kill room’ bunker revealed: Elite unit to build futuristic £10million training complex… beneath its base (Daily Mail, April 26, 2014):
- Training complex to be built beneath SAS headquarters in Herefordshire
- Multi-million pound unit to include ‘kill rooms’, firing range and simulator
- Plans for top secret bunker expected to be approved by local authority
Britain’s most elite fighting force, the SAS, is being equipped with a futuristic new £10million training base – beneath its Herefordshire HQ.
Hundreds of troopers will carry out exercises in bunkers complete with custom-made ‘killing rooms’ – designed to mimic the kind of buildings they might one day have to fight in.
– Off Duty Soldier Armed With Handgun Saves 100 Lives During Mall Siege (Infowars.com, Sep 24, 2013):
Another pro-gun story you won’t see covered by the US corporate media
Here’s a positive story about guns that you’re not likely to see the US corporate media pay much attention to – an off-duty SAS soldier armed with just a handgun saved 100 lives during the terrorist siege on the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya.
The soldier was having a coffee with friends inside the mall when the attack began. His gun tucked inside his waistband, the soldier returned to the building at least a dozen times to rescue hostages.
“He went back in 12 times and saved 100 people. Imagine going back in when you knew what was going on inside,” a friend told the Daily Mail, labeling the soldier a “hero”.
– Special forces sniper who claimed SAS assassinated Diana by shining light into her driver’s face ‘has fled Britain’ (Daily Mail, Sep 22, 2013):
Solider N was due to be interviewed by Scotland Yard for new investigation Said to have left the country on Monday and Tuesday and maybe in the UAE
Comes after his claims that the crash was a ‘hit’ ordered by an elite unit Sources say he may have fled because of the ‘pressure’
The SAS soldier who made astonishing claims Princess Diana was murdered by special forces has apparently fled Britain just days before he is set to be questioned by police.
The former sniper, known only as soldier N, is said to have left the country as Scotland Yard launches a new investigation into the Princess’ death.
– SAS ‘Assassinated Princess Diana’ (Yahoo 7 News, Sep 16, 2013):
A former soldier told his wife Princess Diana was murdered by the SAS after they shone a light into her driver’s face, according to reports in the British media.
The ex-SAS sergeant, who is only referred to as Soldier N, is reported to have told his then-wife a former member of the elite squad was in charge of an assassination squad.
Princess Diana, Dodi Al Fayed and their driver Henri Paul were killed in the crash in 1997.
The extraordinary claim is reported to have happened after Soldier N had taken Prince William on an advanced driving course in 2008.
Will they run into Russian “Spetsnaz” special forces (protecting Russian technology)?
Good luck then.
– SAS hunting Syrian missiles as Allies prepare for bombing blitz (Mirror, Aug 28, 2013):
Cruise missile attacks and RAF raids are expected in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons
British special forces were last night hunting Syrian missiles in readiness for Allied strikes which could start as early as tomorrow night.
Cruise missile attacks and RAF raids are expected in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.
A military source said: “It is vital they find every missile site that could threaten British ships or RAF jets and they will probably be taken out by missiles fired from offshore. The risk of capture to these special forces units is off the scale and nobody can be trusted in Syria.”
– Scotland Yard examines new information on death of Diana, Princess of Wales (Telegraph, Aug 17, 2013):
Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into new claims that Diana, Princess of Wales was murdered by a member of the British military.
It said that it had asked specialist detectives to examine new allegations and evidence passed to it “recently”. The move was approved by Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, its most senior officer.
The claims were given to the force by the Royal Military Police, after surfacing during the trial of Sgt Danny Nightingale, the SAS sniper convicted of illegal weapons possession.
The dossier is said to include a claim that the SAS “was behind Princess Diana’s death”. Scotland Yard declined to confirm the content or origin of the material.
“There’s no way they killed Muammar Gaddafi, that’s not our operating mode and I’ve been involved in 30 years with the takeouts and change the regimes.”
Killing Gaddafi: Longstanding US Policy
by Stephen Lendman
Absent reliable independent proof, some sources believe a double was killed, not Gaddafi. More on that below.
Nonetheless, clear evidence shows Washington wanted him dead for years.
On October 27, Algeria ISP headlined, “Libya – On what Sarkozy and Obama killed Gaddafi?” saying:
“It’s confirmed, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy have indeed ordered (Gaddafi’s) assassination….”
“According to Le Canard Enchaine (on October 26), the Americans had located (him) on October 19.”
Claude Angeli’s article “is unambiguous.” Titled “Gaddafi condemned to death by Washington and Paris,” it said both leaders ordered his extrajudicial killing because he knew too much. Preventing a public show trial was key.
US and French Special Forces were involved. Numerous bombing attempts failed. War still rages across Libya. The country “has entered a no man’s land policy, an area of (unpredictable) turbulence….This should worry” Western and regional leaders because eight months of fighting resolved nothing.
Toppling foreign leaders by coups or assassinations is longstanding US policy. William Blum’s done some of the best research on it. His books, including “Rogue State,” are must reading.
He documented dozens of successful and failed US interventions post-WW II, including:
It all makes ‘perfect sense’:
“There’s no way they killed Muammar Gaddafi, that’s not our operating mode and I’ve been involved in 30 years with the takeouts and change the regimes.”
British SAS and their special forces allies …
– John Pilger: ‘Obama, The Son of Africa, Claims a Continent’s Crown Jewels’ (Global Research):
On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only “engage” for “self-defence”, says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.
– Muammar Gaddafi Salted Away About $200 Billion (Oh, sure!)
– Gaddafi’s final hours: Nato and the SAS helped rebels drive hunted leader into endgame in a desert drain (Telegraph, Oct. 22, 2011):
As the sun rose over the shell of Sirte on Thursday, Ben Farmer, the only British newspaper journalist left in the city, found it was immediately apparent that something had changed.
Utterly ravaged by months of bombardments, Sirte was a skeleton of a city – a place without food, water or light; a city without citizens. Its streets were turned into rivers by burst pipes, as fighters battled through waist-high swathes of mud brown water, street by bloody street.
But as the sun rose over the shell of Sirte on Thursday, it was immediately apparent that something had changed.
– The Rape of Libya (Global Research, August 26, 2011):
NATO Special Forces on the Ground
Five days after “rebels” entered Tripoli, under the cover of NATO bombing and led by foreign special forces, the abject criminality of imperialism’s takeover of Libya is becoming increasingly evident.
Fighting continues to rage throughout the Libyan capital, whose two million residents have been made hostages of the armed gangs and Western special forces troops that have seized control of the city’s streets.
The focus of NATO operations has become a frantic effort to hunt down and murder Muammar Gaddafi, who has ruled the country for 42 years. A $2 million bounty has been placed on his head, and the British media now openly boast that SAS special forces troops are leading the search for him and his family. A vast array of US armed Predator drones, AWACS spy planes and other surveillance equipment has been concentrated on the North African country to facilitate the manhunt.
They called it the “Death Star” because according to one source who worked inside it, “you could just reach out with a finger and eliminate” somebody.
On the walls were television screens, known by the special forces boys as “Kill TV”, where footage from image-intensifier cameras of the enemy being blown up by air strikes, or being gunned down by undercover hit teams was shown.
This place was “the Machine”, a state-of-the-art military command centre hidden away in an airbase in Balad, a desolate stretch of land north of Baghdad.
It was created by Major General Stanley McChrystal, the chief of United States Special Forces, the most secretive force in the American military.
Here, in the permanently darkened communications cockpit, dozens of US and British (SAS) personnel would gather around as nightly raids took place against al Qaeda and their insurgent allies.
Sometimes McChrystal would lead the raids himself, his squad of elite undercover combat troops, known as Delta Force, being told at the last minute that the commander was coming along for the ride.
|Sarah Bryant was the first female British soldier killed in Afghanistan|
The UK’s operation in Afghanistan is “worthless” and akin to the start of the Vietnam war, former SAS commander Maj Sebastian Morley has said.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he said the government had “blood on its hands” over the “unnecessary” deaths of four soldiers.
BBC defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt said many on the ground felt the campaign has been “under-resourced”.
But the MoD insisted the security challenge was “manageable”.
The former SAS commander resigned after Cpl Sarah Bryant and three of her colleagues died when their Snatch Land Rover hit an anti-tank mine in Helmand province in June 2008.
Cpl Bryant was the first female soldier to die in Afghanistan.
| We go out on operations, have a punch-up with the Taleban and then go back to camp for tea. We are not holding the ground
Maj Sebastian Morley
Maj Morley, 40, said he was compelled to stand down after Quentin Davies, the Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, told an “unacceptable lie” in the wake of the deaths.
Mr Davies had said commanders had a choice of vehicles, although he has subsequently said he had not meant to cause any offence.
Speaking for the first time since his resignation, Maj Morley launched a scathing attack on the state of the military campaign as a whole.
“This is the equivalent to the start of the Vietnam conflict, there is much more to come.
“We hold tiny areas of ground in Helmand and we are kidding ourselves if we think our influence goes beyond 500 metres of our security bases.
“We go out on operations, have a punch-up with the Taleban and then go back to camp for tea. We are not holding the ground.”
The security challenge is manageable by the available forces and the overriding mood of the local population is one of optimism and hope.
Q&A: Snatch Land Rovers SAS commander quits ‘over kit’
And, addressing the use of Snatch Land Rovers, which he deemed to be unsafe and prompted his decision to stand down, he said: “I had to resign.
“I had warned (the MoD) time and time again that there were going to be needless deaths if we were not given the right equipment, and they ignored this advice. There is blood on their hands.
“There was no other vehicle to use. The simple truth is that the protection on these vehicles is inadequate and this led to the unnecessary deaths.”
British officials covered up evidence that a Taliban commander killed by special forces in Helmand last year was in fact a Pakistani military officer, according to highly placed Afghan officials.
The commander, targeted in a compound in the Sangin valley, was one of six killed in the past year by SAS and SBS forces. When the British soldiers entered the compound they discovered a Pakistani military ID on the body.
It was the first physical evidence of covert Pakistani military operations against British forces in Afghanistan even though Islamabad insists it is a close ally in the war against terror.
Britain’s refusal to make the incident public led to a row with the Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who has long accused London of viewing Afghanistan through the eyes of Pakistani military intelligence, which is widely believed to have been helping the Taliban.
Customs probe reveals sanctions-busting sales of arms, missile technology and nuclear components
Soldiers of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards march during an annual military parade to mark Iran’s eight-year war with Iraq. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty
Investigators have identified a number of British arms dealers trading with Tehran, triggering alarm among government officials who fear Iran’s nuclear programme may be receiving significant support from UK sources.
The probe by customs officers suggests that at least seven Britons have been defying sanctions by supplying the Iranian air force, its elite Revolutionary Guard Corps, and even the country’s controversial nuclear ambitions.