Britain’s Seven Covert Wars

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Source: Huffington Post

Syria-SAS was reported to be ‘slipping into Syria on missions’ against Islamic State.

Iraq-One recent reportsuggests that Britain has more than 200 special force soldiers in the country, operating out of a fortified base within a Kurdish Peshmerga camp south of Mosul.

Libya-SAS forces have been secretly deployed to Libya since the beginning of this year, working with Jordanian special forces embedded in the British contingent.This follows a mission by MI6 and the RAF n January to gather intelligence on IS and draw up potential targets for air strikes

Yemen-British special forces in Yemen, who were seconded to MI6, were training Yemeni troops fighting Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and also had forces infiltrated in AQAP.


In Afghanistan, British special forces stayed behind after the British ‘withdrawal’ at the end of 2014 to help create and train an Afghan special forces unit.

Pakistan and Somalia

Pakistan and Somalia are two other countries where Britain is conducting covert wars. Menwith Hill facilitates US drone strikes against jihadists in both countries, with GCHQ providing ‘locational intelligence’ to US forces for use in these attacks. Yet in 2012 it was reported that the SAS was covertly fighting against al-Shabab Islamist terrorists in Somalia, working with Kenyan forces in order to target leaders.


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