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British SAS troops dropped 20 militants in revenge strike

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The militants wounded two SAS soldiers in a rocket attack, while the British troops were stationed alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the ISIS strong-hold in al-Shaafa. In a rocket attack, more than 30 British operators – including two sniper teams – hit back at the militants. After the short firefight, 8 gunmen were dropped. They tried to flee the strike in range rovers. The Special Operations Forces unit are currently working alongside with Kurdish fighters to eliminate ISIS militants in the war-torn region of al-Shaafa in Syria.

Meanwhile, a SAS operator is in line to receive a George Cross – the UK’s highest military honor – for saving dozens of lives in the Nairobi luxury hotel attack a few days ago. At least 21 people were killed in the al-Shabaab attack at the hotel DusitD2 complex in Nairobi, Kenya on January 17.

The operator, who is in his 30s, entered the building alone, risking his life to save hundreds of civilians trapped inside.

A source told The Sun: “He’s the toughest of the tough with a chest full of medals to back it up. During a series of war tours he has built up an impressive body count – there are few who would be better trained and prepared for what unfolded in Kenya this week. He’s a supreme fighter and took real pride battling alongside his Kenyan comrades.”

As we already reported, he was deployed to Kenya on a mission to train and advise local special forces, saying: “He was mobilised along with Kenyan RECCE Special Forces commandos – he was not out shopping. This guy is elite, he’s the closest thing to Superman we’ve got, but he doesn’t get changed in a phone booth and he doesn’t keep a glock pistol, heavily modified Canada Colt C8 assault rifle with a silencer and a combat dagger in the boot of his car when he goes shopping – that gear is kept on a secure base.”

Source: Express

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British Special Forces Lacks of Recruits

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British elite special forces, including SAS and SBS, are 200 soldiers short after ­recruitment plunged 20 percent. The lack of “good quality” soldiers has hit the Special Air Service (SAS), Special Boat Service (SBS) and SRR, the Special Reconnaissance Regiment. Hardest hit is the Special Boat Service, down in numbers by around 100. The SRR needs 60 and the celebrated Special Air Service – motto Who Dares Wins – is 40 light. Each unit normally has 340 to 400 operators.

Senior defense sources say the SBS and SRR are now classed as being “over-stretched” with troops deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Baltic States and Africa. The shortage is being linked to cuts and a recruitment and retention crisis affecting the rest of the armed forces.

The British Army is down in size from around 150,000 in 1990 to 78,000. Despite that reduction, the SAS and the SBS have remained the same size.

A military source said: “The talent pool is shrinking. A lot of guys who built up experience in Iraq and Afghanistan and who would often see the special forces as the next step have left. In the last 25 years, the SBS has increased in size and the SRR has been created but the Army has shrunk around 40 percent. So there are fewer quality people coming through. But we have been down this road before and it hasn’t had an impact on our operational commitments. It means that everybody has to work harder to get the job done.”

Twice-a-year selection courses are tough and an average pass rate of 10 percent has led to as few as eight recruits. One serving member of the SAS said: “Life is tough. You spend a lot of time on operations, overseas exercises and on courses. It is unrelenting.”

British Special forces earn about £30 extra a day but experienced operatives can earn far more in private security. The British MoD does not comment on special forces.

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Witness seeks immunity to testify against Navy SEAL accused of battlefield murder

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Prosecutors could gain an ally in the case of a Navy SEAL accused of executing a young ISIS fighter during the battle of Mosul in 2017 and his commanding officer, who allegedly failed to report the incident.

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An attorney for a fellow SEAL has requested immunity for his client in return for testifying that Chief Edward Gallagher called in “false target coordinates to engage a mosque” and put his team at risk, yet Lt. Jacob Portier failed to relieve him on several occasions, Navy Times’ Carl Prine first reported.

Gallagher is charged with premeditated murder for allegedly using his knife to kill a wounded ISIS fighter and then posing for a reenlistment video next to the man’s corpse. Portier has been charged with obstruction of justice and related offenses for allegedly destroying evidence in the case and lying about Gallagher, as well as dereliction of duty for allegedly not stopping Gallagher from wounding two non-combatants.

The SEAL who served with Gallagher and Portier is requesting immunity so that he will be protected against any possible retaliation in the future, said attorney Michael Hanzel, who is defending the SEAL along with his wife Lauren and a Navy attorney.

“Our client has done nothing wrong, and we believe the record will demonstrate that,” Hanzel said in a statement to Task & Purpose.

“It is never an easy thing to be placed in the middle of a situation like this, but it is crucial to the integrity of the military justice system that witnesses in a case as high-profile as this are protected from retaliation later. The only way to ensure that is through grants of immunity, which is why we requested that for our client.”

The SEAL is showing “great courage” by offering to testify about what he witnessed during the deployment with Gallagher and Portier, said Hanzel, who added his client is not seeking any publicity, nor does he bear a grudge against any of the accused SEALs.

The full article can be found here.

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