Monday, August 10, 2015
British SAS troops dress as ISIS fighters in undercover war on Terrorist group.
British SAS troops dress as ISIS fighters in undercover war on Terrorist group.(Express).
BRITISH Special Forces are mounting hit and run raids against Islamic State deep inside eastern Syria dressed as insurgent fighters, the Sunday Express revealed
The unorthodox tactic, which is seeing SAS units dressed in black and flying ISIS flags, has been likened to the methods used by the Long Range Desert Group against Rommel's forces during the Second World War.
More than 120 members belonging to the elite regiment are currently in the war-torn country on operation Shader, tasked with destroying IS equipment and munitions which insurgents constantly move to avoid Coalition air strikes.
It comes just days after David Cameron gave "carte blanche" for the SAS and SBS to target IS leaders as part of the Government's "broad spectrum" response to the murder of 30 British tourists by ISIS gunman Seifeddine Rezgui in the Tunisian beach resort of Sousse.
Though the Prime Minister is being kept informed, senior military sources last night told the Sunday Express that he would not be required to "green light" every mission.
Instead the teams, part of a force known as the Coalition Joint Special Operations Task Force, are under American command.
Dubbed "smash" the units, which travel in civilian pick-ups, can even launch their own unmanned aerial vehicles, or mini-drones, to scan terrain ahead of them and pinpoint IS forces.
Using a US-developed programme, the UAVs camera system can identify any known High Value Target, digitally transmitting the information as it happens to analysts on the ground.
They are being supported by more than 250 specialists, who provide additional communications support.
Operating in small groups, the units reveal their coordinates to RAF and coalition air forces and are assigned a "kill box" - an area which will not be attacked by air while they are operating there.
Last week an additional 20 SAS soldiers flew into Saudi Arabia to prepare a training system in which the UK will instruct hundreds of members of the Syrian Moderate Opposition, as part of efforts by David Cameron to seek a support by Labour and the SNP on air strikes over Syria.
Last week former head of the British Army General Lord Richards said he belived IS would not be vanquished without a concerted effort on the ground, adding "tanks will roll."
Speaking to the Sunday Express last night a senior military source said: "Essentially, this is what we call penny packet operations - small individual incursions which hopefully join up to create tangible results. The view here is long - it's about finding and engaging targets, yes, but it's also about assessing infrastructure and identifying where ISIS is hidings its equipment in order to set the conditions for a potentially larger, future engagement. "Read the full story here.