27 March 2012
Two British soldiers have been killed in the big British barracks at Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, by an Afghan wearing a military uniform.
An American soldier was killed in a separate attack in eastern Afghanistan by a man believed to be part of a village-level fighting force being fostered by the Americans.
One-in-seven international military fatalities in Afghanistan this year has been caused by Afghan soldiers turning their arms on the men who thought they were comrades.
Author and former SAS officer Andy McNab has just returned from Helmand and told the Today programme’s Sarah Montague that “even the Afghan National Army (ANA) are targets,” pointing out that the brigade commander does not go anywhere without his bodyguard.
26 March 2010
SAS legend Andy McNab has told how he almost got blown up on his return to the frontline in Afghanistan.
The Sun security expert was with an infantry patrol which came across a deadly booby-trapped bomb in the centre of a Taliban IED killing zone.
A young soldier with a mine detector spotted the 44lb device and the shout went up: “Stop!”
Andy said: “It was high explosive that would have taken out the patrol, including me. I was only three men behind him. Without doubt he saved our lives — I owe him a few beers back home.”
Bravo Two Zero hero Andy — armed only with a notepad and camera — had been invited to join the patrol by the CO of 2 Rifles, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Wright.
The first soldiers helicoptered into the battle zone were in “contact” with the enemy immediately, killing three insurgents within minutes.
Six IED blasts then rang out one after another and, as Andy’s patrol passed a graveyard Rifleman Kev Cooper, a 20-year-old Londoner, detected the buried bomb.
Andy said: “Kev told me later he got down, gently started to dig out the sand and thought, ‘F***!’. He said he was just doing his job but we’re glad he found it before it took us out and that it’s not still lying there waiting for other lads.”
The mission ended with a total of 44 bombs made safe, two prisoners, a huge haul of explosives and weapons — with NO British casualties.
23 March 2012
Siege cops yesterday shot dead the al-Qaeda maniac who massacred seven people — as French anti-terror chiefs were criticised for leaving him at large.
By Andy McNab
There are three crucial things you need in a hard arrest like this — speed, aggression and surprise. You have got to enter in numbers and swamp the battle space in an instant.
If you go in quick enough, and with plenty of aggression, there are enough non-lethal weapons out there to take someone alive.
But it seems the command and control of this siege operation lacked all those things.
And as a result the lives of the police were put in danger.
By the time they made their move this bloke was ready and waiting.
Once they had lost the element of surprise they were up against it — and it looks like it cost them.
22 March 2012
Kidnapped British tourist Judith Tebbutt had a tearful reunion with her son last night after being dramatically freed yesterday.
by Andy McNab
HOSTAGE-TAKING has become a very sophisticated business in Somalia with clans involved becoming rich and powerful.
To them, it’s not about ideology — it’s about money.
Hostages like Judith are commodities. Clans must protect them from being stolen by other clans.
Her family would have used a private security company to find her and negotiate. Talks usually go on for 90 days.