2007
06.09

Crap treatment of veterans isn’t just a U.S. phenomenon…

SAS veterans who were shot at, gassed, bombed, mentally and physically scarred are demanding justice and recognition after 25 years in the wilderness.

The men, members of Australia’s first Special Air Service counter-terrorist teams Nullah and Gauntlet, have gone public because of neglect by politicians and “shiny arse” generals who refuse to recognise their service as “operational”.

Many soldiers died during the hazardous, real-life counter-terrorism training at Swanbourne’s Campbell Barracks and others have taken their own lives since.

Some were pensioned off with horrendous physical and mental scars and have spent years in and out of institutions or living in fear in the bush

Read the full article make sure to check out the gruesome SAS training photo to see how realistic and mentally challenging SAS counter-terror training really is.

2007
06.09

Scotland Yard has now acknowledged the participation of an undercover SAS operative in the anti-terror operation that led to the shooting death of innocent Brazilian Charles de Menezes. The actual shooting, however, was carried out by police officers.

Sir Ian Blair acknowledged publicly for the first time that a member of the special forces was involved in the operation to carry out surveillance on the flat of a suspected suicide bomber in Lambeth.

The Brazilian electrician was mistakenly identified as the suicide bomber when he emerged from the flat and was tailed by undercover police to Stockwell Underground station.

Today Sir Ian, responding to claims that the SAS had shot Mr De Menezes, acknowledged that a soldier was part of the surveillance team.

But he stated: “I can say categorically that SAS officers did not shoot Mr De Menezes.”

He added: “I have met the two men who fired the shots and they were Metropolitan Police officers attached to CO19.”

Read the full story here.

2007
05.09

Andy McNab CrossfireThe long wait is almost over! Andy McNab’s new Nick Stone novel, Crossfire, will be released in two months and it sounds like it’s going to be one of the best yet. We should get some cool insight into McNab’s consulting work, as Nick Stone is bodyguarding a TV crew just like Andy’s security concern. Be sure to order Crossfire (Nick Stone 10) now so Andy doesn’t have to wait ’til November to start his climb back to the top of the bestseller charts.

2007
04.09

N Ireland SAS hero looks back (From The Sun)
August 01, 2007
SAS hero Andy McNab learnt his Army trade on the streets of Northern Ireland.
During the 1970s it was one of the most dangerous places in the world.
Today British troops officially pull out of Northern Ireland after 38 years.
Operation Banner was the longest-running continuous campaign in Army history, with 300,000 soldiers serving and 763 killed by paramilitary terrorists.
Here, as the last British troops withdraw, our security adviser reflects on his time in the war zone.
“From a soldier’s point of view Northern Ireland has been a successful campaign. I served on various tours there between I977 and 1993.
The first time I flew in on my 18th birthday. It was Christmas 1977 — I was still a boy soldier.
It was in Northern Ireland where I went through experiences which stay with a squaddie for life. It was there I first had to deal with losing a mate in combat and it was there that I got my first kill.
It makes me very happy to see peace finally achieved in the region — the withdrawal of our lads from combat operations there is a great moment in British history.
But, unfortunately, as the war on one front ends, there is a new battle to fight………

Full article here

2007
04.09

This is from May, but we’ve got some catching up to do…
SAS-hero-turned-author Andy McNab has been telling youngsters the real secret to being a top officer – being able to read and write.
The best-selling writer, who led Bravo Two Zero patrol in the Gulf War, visited Cardiff’s Army Preparation College in Dumballs Road, Butetown, to speak about his experiences. And his number- one message was to make the most of every minute of learning.
Full story Here