2007
21.09

Andy McNab jumpsHere’s a picture of Andy McNab jumping. It’s from a 2004 NUTS magazine–a fine publication, right up there with Andy’s favorite newspaper, The Sun.

Thanks to the kind fan who sent this in way back when.

2007
20.09

Australian SASR celebrates 50th anniversaryChief of Army, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, has today congratulated the Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment on its 50th Anniversary.

The SAS has served the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) and nation with distinction over its proud history and he wished the Regiment’s officers and soldiers a long and equally impressive future. 

“Over the past 50 years the SAS has established itself as a unit with few equals amongst the international Special Forces community.  This did not just happen, it’s the result of the dedication of generations of outstanding young soldiers singularly committed to excellence,” said Lieutenant General Peter Leahy. 

The Australian Special Air Service Regiment, with its famous motto “Who Dares Wins” was formed on 4 September 1964, although its predecessor, the 1st Special Air Service Company, which was part of the Royal Australian Infantry, had been in existence since 1957.

The Regiments long history includes operations in Borneo, Vietnam, Rwanda, Somalia, Cambodia, East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan, and various regional contingencies where it has conducted itself with the utmost professionalism and has earned an enviable reputation as a world class Special Forces organisation.

Special Operations Commander, Major General Mike Hindmarsh said the 50th Anniversary was clearly a time to celebrate and to the thousands of officers and troopers who have stood in the ranks of the SAS over the past 50 years “congratulations and well done”.

At the same time the country’s special operations commander has warned that the crack Special Air Service Regiment is at risk of being over-committed because of deployments to Afghanistan and the Middle East.

In an interview at the high-security Special Operations Command headquarters at Garden Island, Major General Mike Hindmarsh told The Australian the SASR, which marked its 50th anniversary yesterday, was operating at its busiest tempo since the Vietnam War.

Read about it here

2007
16.09

Investigative journalist Michael Smith is the British Press Awards specialist writer of the year. He wrote the following article for the Timesonline.

September 16, 2007

Britain’s elite force is fighting its bloodiest conflict since the second world war in Iraq and has killed thousands of insurgents

Three suicide bombers, three cafes – many dead. That was the warning given by an informant to his MI6 handler in Baghdad in the summer of 2005 as a group of insurgents planned devastating attacks.

The bombers, swaddled in explosives under loose shirts, were preparing to hit the cafes with simultaneous explosions to cause maximum panic. Scores of people might die.

In the bloody chaos of Iraq, sifting hard fact from rumour and traps is never easy. But this intelligence seemed detailed and well sourced: the informant identified the targets, the date and the safe house from which the bombers would make their attack.

It sparked swift activity among the SAS, which in Iraq is facing its most severe challenge since it was set up during the second world war.

Read the article here

2007
15.09

Blurred picture of Andy McNabHere’s a pic of Andy McNab for your viewing pleasure. Note the gaussian blur Andy contracted after drinking contaminated water in Iraq. We’ll try to add new pics often from here on out so you can complete your collections.

2007
13.09

Report from The Sun – 13 September 2007

A THIEF made the biggest mistake of his criminal life when he nicked a laptop because it belongs to super-tough SAS veteran Andy McNab.

The Bravo Two Zero hero has years of experience of tracking the most elusive and dangerous enemies and wants his computer back.

The small-time crook would probably never have dared smash the window of McNab’s Audi Q7 to reach the laptop if he had known who the owner was.

McNab had popped into a West London newsagents to buy The Sun when the thief attacked his motor and two others.

The culprit will be sweating when he finds the man he targeted is a trained killer who served ten years in the crack SAS motto Who Dares Wins.

But McNab, now a best-selling author, today pens an open letter to the thief. He urges him to turn his back on crime and do something that takes REAL guts – like becoming a soldier.

Andy’s letter to the one who nicked his laptop

Now let’s hope he’s got copies of Crossfire elsewhere!!

The Sun is kind enough to give the not-so-smart thief a chance to save himself by providing a no-questions-asked number to call: their confidential hotline on 020 7782 4067

2007
10.09

Lots of papers have a follow up the news of the tragic death of SAS man Eddie Collins, we picked one.

The Sunday Times

Sergeant Eddie Collins was part of an unusually large SAS “hard arrest” team, which raided a terrorist safe house in Baghdad in the early hours of Wednesday.

The death of Collins, described by his commanding officer as a man who “always played to win”, comes as the SAS doubles the size of its force in Iraq to fight Iranian-driven attempts to make it appear that Britain is being chased out of the country.

The hope in last week’s raid was that the size of the SAS attack, believed to include more than 30 men backed up by other forces, would be sufficient to overwhelm the defences.

Although intelligence had accurately located the terrorist leader, it severely underestimated the number of insurgents in the house and the scale of their likely resistance.

“He was a senior Al-Qaeda terrorist,” one source said. “He was one of the ones who took over from Zarqawi [the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq who was killed by American special forces last year].

“It’s very difficult to be sure how many are going to be there in these circumstances,” the source said. “In this case there were just more of them than expected and there was a big firefight.

“You go in with people at the front and at the rear and the ones who are at the front are the first to get it.

For full article go here