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UK commits ground troops to Libya

Hundreds of British troops have been deployed deep inside Libya targeting Colonel Gaddafi’s forces – and more are on standby.

While Chancellor George Osborne repeated that UK ground troops would not be involved, the Daily Mail can reveal there are an estimated 350 already mounting covert operations.

In total it is understood that just under 250 UK special forces soldiers and their support have been in Libya since before the launch of air strikes to enforce the no-fly zone against Gaddafi’s forces.

Drawn from a squadron of SAS and SBS personnel, some have been in Libya for a month and are being re-supplied with water, food and ammunition via airdrops from Cyprus.

Those numbers were further boosted by nearly 100 this week when paratroopers from the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) were sent to Libya as coalition commanders prepare to increase the tempo of operations.

A further 800 Royal Marines are on five days’ notice to deploy to the Mediterranean to support humanitarian relief and aid operations.

The beefing up of the Special Forces contingent comes as commanders switch attacks against command and control centres to low-level attacks against Gaddafi’s tanks.

With Gaddafi forces continuing to pound rebel positions, more special forces will be needed in the next phase of operations to ensure that RAF pilots do not kill civilians used as human shields by Gaddafi or destroy key public buildings.

Officials say the UK force is under very clear directions not to get drawn into close combat operations with regime forces unless their own lives are threatened or in extreme circumstances in which Gaddafi forces are killing unarmed civilians.

A senior official said: ‘Our aim is maintain a low profile, and simply deliver information and facilitate the situation for other agencies to splash (destroy) the targets.’

Revelations about the true scale of the ground deployment cast grave doubt on the Government’s estimate of the cost of the war.

Mr Osborne yesterday sought to allay public fears, saying: ‘Our estimate is that it will be in the tens of millions of pounds in terms of the cost.’

But Daily Mail calculations show that the MoD has spent at least £29.2million in just five days on the air operations and cruise missile strikes – not including the costs of the Special Forces deployed in Libya.

At that rate the war will cost more than £100million after just 17 days.

Yesterday a French fighter jet blasted a Libyan warplane caught violating the no-fly zone. The plane – said to be a single-engine Soko G-2 Galeb trainer aircraft – was hit by an air-to-ground missile as it landed at Misrata air base after flying over the besieged rebel-held city.

The strike by a coalition Rafale fighter is the first incident of its kind since the no-fly zone was imposed last week. Coalition military sources had previously claimed Libya’s air capability had been totally neutralised.

More than 100 people have been killed and 1,300 injured in Misrata following days of tank bombardment and sniper attack by the tyrant’s army.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1369763/350-British-special-forces-deep-inside-Libya--ready-deployed.html#ixzz1Hb1gOO1V


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Added: Mar-25-2011 Occurred On: Mar-25-2011
By: kelly110
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  • Why the fck are we involved in this shit. Let the fckin arab league sort it out (if they are capable). We got a lot more important places to use our very limited resources than this shithole.

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    • Ironic because fuel prices in Britain are hitting the fckin roof. If all these wars (Iraq, Afghan, Lybia etc ect) are about oil why the fck am i paying 1.40 (One pound forty pence) a Litre at the pump?

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  • Yippee, another war! Unlike the others, this one is winnable, right?

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  • Risky...but I like it

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    • You and Al Qaeda like it. I wonder if you'd like it in Iran where the freedom fighters are trying to get out from under Islamic oppression instead of trying to impose it?

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    • BTW I very much doubt any of the brave people on Iran's streets would want any support from the likes of you...

      It would be a bit like getting support from Terry Jones...errr thanks but no thanks

      Mousavi's reform movement wants nuclear weaponry in the hands of Muslims, and besides is not calling for the Islamic State itself to be overthrown.

      Clueless idiot...if they win we'll still be faced with a muslim country hell-bent on nuclear weapons, and if its democratic than there's every possibilit More..

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    • Nope, Iran doesn't want to be dominated by Islamic theocracy. You're the clueless idiot.

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    • ??

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  • A senior official said: %u2018Our aim is maintain a low profile, and simply deliver information and facilitate the situation for other agencies to splash (destroy) the targets.%u2019

    Lets hope it doesn't get messy.

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  • boy the UK want their Oil back in their hands.. lol

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  • People ask: Why this conflict? Well, if we let "them" handle it, you could expect it to be become more radioactive than the Japan nuclear plant situation.

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  • Un-fucking-believable.

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    • Might surprise you what I think of this war.

      You too, Kelly.

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    • Might?

      :)

      I loved the comment from the American generals the other night when explaining the fact that there was indeed American and British "boots on the ground."
      He said SF were avoiding rebel contact because they didn't really know who was in charge or who to talk to....
      BUT THEY'RE HELPING "THEM" MILITARILY????
      WOT ZE FOK?

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    • If your son and his buddy's are smart they'll do like Kelly did and get the hell out of the military before they ship them off again, MM.

      Guess he can't get married and pregnant like she did, though, eh?

      PS: Have you seen the documentary "Independent Intervention," MM? It's a real eye opener.
      Did you know 80% of US media is owned and operated by only 5 companies -- all of them White House friendly?

      I know if America had a free mainstream press, some real adversarial journalism, if More..

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    • Yes, seriously. I have many objections to this war, not the least of which is that it has no congressional authorization. None.

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    • My son ended his active duty in 2009.

      I haven't seen the documentary you mentioned. I'll see if I can find it on the net.

      I am well aware of the ugly of war, Michael.

      Even without flooding our news with the images you mentioned, I think our people want an end to these wars. Fortunately, Iraq is over. Our troops there are still helping advise and train Iraqi troops and police. Otherwise, they're just packing up for their final exit this year.

      There is so much in the news these d More..

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  • I think the "Go Team Go," media coverage HAS helped perpetuate these endless wars and garnered support for them, when a more adversarial approach would have lead more of the masses to ask, "Hey, yeah, what the hell are we still doing there?"
    I think bombarding peoples TV sets with the grim images of war instead of the glorified graphics and star wars effects style weaponry would sicken people instead of make it bearable if not kinda cool and entertaining to watch.

    PS I knew More..

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  • Looks like daffy should start making travel plans.

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  • oh daffy is in big shit now!

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  • Britain's war.

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    • It's your war too. Unless you're of the kind who like to pretend that there is no culture clash. Maybe you're just the last to realize that multiculturalism has failed, and has brought about what is likely to result in a World War?

      Or. Am I just cynical, and we should expect the Islamic world to suddenly become compatible with the western and eastern free-worlds? It's not a coincidence that all of this is coming to a head in so many different places around the world.

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    • Isn't it bizarre that the islamist wars are being encouraged by the highest leadership imposters in governments, especially by uh uh uh clinton and slick POTUS. But the country (that hellhole called Iran) that represents both the source of greatest terrorist enterprise and threat to all of the Mideast and world is given a free pass.

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  • Huh?
    "Officials say the UK force is under very clear directions not to get drawn into close combat operations with regime forces unless their own lives are threatened or in extreme circumstances in which Gaddafi forces are killing unarmed civilians."
    WTF are they there for, a stroll in the sun?

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  • here we go again.. this is another long haul job that we are now stuck in..

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  • Hyenas plan unveiled, taking over Libyans oil.

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  • alternative fuel,oil rehab whatever

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  • Typical British mis-information.

    Wait till the historians write this up to work out what actually happened.

    The Daily Mail is nothing but a Jingoistic regime supporter that's often used for "off-the-record" propaganda by the Government.

    (Disclosure. I read the Daily Mail and enjoy it mostly. But I'm aware that it's not the most reliable source)

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