Underscoring the importance of calling ahead for reservations, Britain’s SAS unit, dispatched to East Libya over the weekend with a low-ranking diplomat, are returning to Britain today by way of the HMS Cumberland, an aging frigate which was being used to evacuate foreign nationals from Libya and which now has some surprisingly high profile passengers.
The troops arrived pre-dawn on Friday, making a surprisingly conspicuous landing some 20 miles outside of Benghazi – a landing which drew immediate warning shots. Within short order the troops, who were in plain clothes so as not to “attract attention,” stood out so bad that they were captured by a local militia loyal to the rebels who demanded to know who they were.
That’s when the excuses started, as the troops insisted that they were unarmed and the diplomat said they were looking for a hotel. The first claim was an extremely unwise one, as it turned out the troops were armed to the teeth, and also had explosive caches with them for some reason. This riled up the militia, who turned them over to the rebel leadership.
Which probably didn’t seem like that big of a deal – after all, the diplomat was supposed to make contact with the rebel leadership. But after a solid week of warnings from the rebels against foreign military intervention, the unannounced arrival of the heavily armed unit wasn’t greeted with nearly the welcome they hoped, and the entire unit found itself locked in a military brig until their expulsion earlier today.
Ultimately the rebels, which are basically the de facto government of Eastern Libya at this point, would likely have welcomed an offer of diplomatic contact. They were annoyed at the unscheduled arrival and infuriated by the armed troops roaming around their capital city’s outskirts, an understandable position.
Or at least understandable to everyone except British officials, who still seem not to understand what went wrong. Some of the officials talked about the rebels “trying to make a point,” but with Foreign Secretary William Hague suggesting another team would be dispatched to Benghazi “in due course,” it is a point that apparently was lost of them.
23 thoughts on “Unwelcome: British SAS Bumbled Into, and Back Out of, East Libya”
Britian cant mind it's own business, never could, never will.
you mate are stupid
I am afraid that another Bosnian style Markale Market shelling and Breadline Massacre is in the offing. Plenty of dead civilians would be excellent pretext for use of air power. Scent of Bosnia in the air. There is no reason for these "diplomats" to land in the country unannounced, carry exlosives, guns and a variety of passports. Sounds like equipping someone for not-so-good mission, and giving those passports as a reward to get out of contry and have a better life.
Yep. The finest and most powerful that the civilized world have to offer. First, Raymond Davis, now these fumbling idiots. What a circus! These yo-yos can't even get out their own way anymore, still, they wanna rule the world.
'fumbling idiots' try saying that to an SAS soldier face mate you would be dead first move. and yes they still are the best and next time you post try reading the rules of engagement and also why they were there.
You are right, they are very manly about killing unarmed civilians but when faced with real warriors they are just as p*ssy as you. Rules of engagement my *ss, they killed far more civilians than any fighters, read history and statistics moron
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All they had to do was call up the local airport and request permission to land. But after the so-called arrest of a ship carrying Libyan banknotes of the UK, I can well believe that David Cameron is gagging for a "Falkland Islands moment" to restore his political health.
But is you think this is bad, just see what those idiots in the White House are up to.!
This is just so effing stupid to use the Saudis. Perhaps the White House should kick Viktor Bout out of jail on the condition that he supplies the Libyan dissenter with all the weapons they can use. Anything but relying on the Saudis.
I'm with the dissenter too…. RaymBOZZO Davis is the poster boy for giving "Special Forces" RAMBOS diplomatic immunity…. Next time try a university, not the "Special Olympics"…!!!
AND GODDAMNIT::: Fire the BRAINDEAD Spook WANNABE Leon Pinetta… No "intelligence" experience OR training [No Intelligence??]…….Just a wannabe…..and we can see he is a Rambo Spook Wannabe..!! But Spooks are Spook and Rambos are Rambos and the two shall never meet.. Spooks get away and let their attackers get away too… Especially when their car is full of all sorts of incriminating items and the NAMES & NUMBERS of his CONTACTS… What a FRIGGIN MORON!!!!
Are the NEOCONS really out to SNATCH the PAK nukes as Rick Rozoff claims…??? Is this what Davis was up to ….is that why the "O" crew is SOOO rattled and wants the BOZZO out ASAP…??? See: "New War Rumors: U.S. Plans To Seize Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal"………………….!!! http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/new-wa…
"The News International, Pakistan’s largest English-language newspaper, published a report on October 13 based on excerpts from American journalist Bob Woodward’s recently released volume “Obama’s Wars” which stated that during a trilateral summit between the presidents of the U.S., Afghanistan and Pakistan on May 6 of 2009 Pakistani head of state Asif Ali Zardari accused Washington of being behind Taliban attacks inside his country with the intent to use them so “the US could invade and seize its nuclear weapons.” 
Gosh, the Libyans seem to be just a snidge put off by British arrogance. Go figure. The SAS and "unnamed diplomat" are probably luck to have gotten out alive.
Oh well, 'God save the Queen' and all that rot.
lucky to get out is a bit of a stupid statement. if they were threatened then god help the libyan captors. if any of you stupid armchair soldiers knew how these operations are carried out then you would say differently.
Where were your crack team of SAS forces when the Israelis were killing Palesinians wholesale in Gaza, you are still all pussies.
Hmm… landing at night by helicopter, wearing black outfits, in a foreign combat zone… it's a wonder they weren't shot on sight- but either side! Somehow I don't think a bunch of white guys popping up like that in Libya can be very well passed off as anything but what it is- covert intervention by unwelcome forces. And what is it that the Libyans have been saying for weeks? Did it sound something like. "WE DON'T WANT FOREIGN HELP OR INTERVENTION"? Why can't the West get it through their thick- but sadly, sometimes empty- skulls that sometimes people are sick and tired of being played and just want to be left alone?
However, what if- just WHAT IF- this were a set-up, with the Brits being sacrificed as guinea pigs to gauge exactly what the Libyan's reaction would be to foreign covert intervention? What if- just WHAT IF- this were instigated by the USG in preparation for doing the exact same thing, but needing to know the situation on the ground first? Granted, it's a stretch of a conspiracy theory, but with our history it wouldn't surprise me in the least if the strings weren't being pulled from Washington.
stop underestimating the sas and smell the coffee. they are too well trained and anyway they achieved their objectives.
The arrogance of western countries, especially the governments, never ceases to amaze me.
If they were carrying explosives with them, perhaps they had planned on sabotaging some oil pipelines or refineries as a way of justifying a large scale future invasion.
SAS boys were there to protect a diplomat who wanted to contact a secessionist movement!? Shouldn't this be the main topic? And it was… the SAS misadventure simply distracts from the far more serious matter.
So it's not a revolution after all, just a disgusting scheme to carve up Libya.
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The Dutch (marines) tryed a resque mission to get 1 engineer (and later a second civilian) out of Libia, result, the helicopter will probably stay in the desert, 3 marine aviators captured, and the civilians, well, Gaddafi delivered them to the Dutch embassy to be on their mary way.
A little brisant detail, the resque mission was started before we had elections but the result was made public after the final result of same elections.
Given the British already had diplomats in Libya, why send in a so-called diplomat (MI6) with armed troops out of uniform? Perhaps the MI6 man was looking for a local ‘safe pair of hands’ to restore ‘stability’.
Most likely some Brit politician wanted to be seen ‘to be doing something’ about the Libyan problem.
because the diplomats there were taken OUT of libya two weeks ago for personal safety, DUH!!!!
Were they tring to contact mercenaries/technicals? See, Technical Difficulties. And were they kicked out as a result of failed negotiations?
what is wrong with you guys? you know nothing about the SAS and for all you know the capture may have been staged to cover the tracks away from Gadaffii and then the PRESS got there nose stuck in and may have buggered everything up.
If anyone remember a similar situation in Basra at the heydays of mosks and market bombing
British secret service were caught with large quantity of explosive. Shia and sunni blaming each other for the bombings.
The britis have not won a single war on their own since 1899 boar war-that too was with difficulty.otherwise all wars were waged by others on bahlf of rbitish espcecialy world war oen and two which was started by british to make germans fight Russia and thus destroy each other. British rely on propaganda machinery like bbc and other means of spying to instigate their competetors fight amosnt each other just like a hyena british enjoying the fruit of kill made by European lions who got tired of fighting each other.
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