Tag Archives: Special Forces

SAS night march to free hostages

The Sunday Times By David Leppard and Miles Amoore THE SAS made a daring night-time march across the mountains in Afghanistan in a “breathtaking” operation to free the British aid worker Helen Johnston and three other hostages, David Cameron revealed yesterday. Johnston, a 28-year old nutritionist who lived in Stoke Newington, north London, while studying […]

Murky death of MI6 ally who paid Linda Norgrove’s abductor

The Sunday Times The burly figure of Sabar Lal, a 49-year-old gem dealer with a salt and pepper beard, loomed in the arched doorway of his home. Facing him in the garden, a team of US special forces and Afghan commandos levelled their assault rifles. As helicopters buzzed overhead, five bullets fired from one of […]

Pakistan approved deadly US airstrike

By Nicci Smith and Miles Amoore The Sunday Times Pakistan gave the go-ahead to American airstrikes last weekend that inadvertently killed 24 of their own troops, according to new claims from US officials. The account is the latest twist in the blame game surrounding the worst friendly fire incident in the history of the 10-year […]

Exclusive: interview with Talib fighter who shot down Navy Seals’ chinook

The Sunday Times A Taliban fighter has given the first account of how his unit fired two “opportunist” rocket-propelled grenades that brought down a Chinook helicopter, killing 38 elite American and Afghan troops in the deadliest attack of Nato’s 10-year campaign. The special forces, some from the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, had flown […]

Afghan family killed as special forces defy ban on night raids

The Sunday Times THE two helicopters swooped low over a cluster of mud homes, whirling in the cold night sky before landing in a wheat field on the edge of the small Afghan village. From his home nearby, 23-year-old Najibullah Omar strained his eyes in the darkness as he made out the faint shapes of […]

Petraeus’s rogue militia robs and slays Afghans

The Sunday Times The assassin’s bullet shattered the window and pierced the neck of Gulam Jan, a village elder, as he sat listening to the radio in his living room. On hearing the shot ring out, his wife rushed into the harshly lit room. She found her 47-year-old husband, who had just returned from evening […]