Written by: Martin
August 25, 2011
Britain’s SAS Leading the Hunt for Gaddafi
British defence sources report that soldiers from the elite 22nd Special Air Service Regiment are guiding rebel soldiers after being ordered in by Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron. The sources have confirmed that the SAS has been in Libya for several weeks, and that they played a key role in coordinating the fall of Tripoli.
With the majority of the capital now in rebel hands, the British Special Forces soldiers, who have been dressed in Arab civilian clothing and carrying the same weapons, (AK47s and Kalashnikovs), as the rebels, have been ordered to switch their focus to the search for Gaddafi, who has been on the run since his fortified headquarters was captured on Tuesday. The soldiers will be searching Gaddafi’s wrecked apartments and trying to gain entrance to the network of underground tunnels where he is believed to be hiding.
British Defence Secretary Liam Fox would only say, that NATO was providing ‘intelligence and assets’ in the hunt for Gaddafi. ‘I can confirm that Nato is providing intelligence and reconnaissance assets to the NTC (National Transitional Council) to help them track down Col. Gaddafi and other remnants of the regime,’ the Defence Secretary said.
Rebel commanders said they assume Gaddafi is still in the capital, most likely in one of the last few enclaves where his supporters are putting up fierce resistance, including the staunchly pro-Gaddafi neighbourhood of Abu Salim and the adjoining neighbourhood of Hadba.
”It’s the million-dollar question,” said the rebel organiser Abdel Azouz, who said he thinks Gaddafi is in Abu Salim, given the ferocity of the resistance there. ”We’re looking for him, and don’t worry, we’ll find him.” Libya’s National Transitional Council has promised an amnesty to any of his inner circle prepared to betray his whereabouts.
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