While there have been rumblings since December about Britain sending ground troops into Libya, the Cameron government has repeatedly denied any deployments, and insists there was no planning to do so.
A newly leaked memo shows those denials were a lie, and that Britain has had SAS special forces operating on the ground in Libya since at least early January, when Jordan’s King Abdullah briefed US Congressmen on the matter.
King Abdullah told them that UK special forces had needed help from the Jordanian military in translating certain aspects of Libyan Arabic, noting that Jordanian slang is very similar to the Libyan variety. He said Jordanian troops would embed with the SAS forces.
British officials refused to comment on the leak, though US Senate officials confirmed the meeting that served as the underpinning for the memo. They did, however, refuse to confirm the content, as the memo was supposed to be a secret.