2010
12.07

The Sun: ‘SAS hit squads at UK’s malls’
By Anthony France, David Willetts and Duncan Larcombe
Published: 7 December 2010

SAS hit squads are today protecting packed shopping centres from terrorists – with orders to shoot to kill.
The regiment’s elite troops are poised to foil any al-Qaeda bid to cause Mumbai-style carnage amid Britain’s Christmas crowds.

The Who Dares Wins teams have instructions to strike hard and fast to combat the “real and credible” threat of a bomb-and-gun onslaught by fanatics.

Read the full article in The Sun here

‘Smart move… I feel safer’
Says ANDY McNAB

THE fact that an SAS squadron has been dispatched this week is no cause for alarm.

This is simply a case of the Regiment’s good planning and preparation.

Firstly, it makes sense to have an increased military presence around Christmas. This is a high-threat period just because of the number of people on the streets.

As we saw with the 7/7 terrorist attacks, the bombers chose to strike during rush hour because they knew that was when most commuters would be out and about. It’s the same with Christmas. The second sound reason for the Regiment to move is the recent spate of bad weather.

In war it is a normal pragmatic decision to move your troops forward if you know there is going to be bad weather. It’s just the same here. The Regiment are based in Hereford. So if they are required elsewhere, it makes sense that they are already in place.

Then they won’t have to deal with snow and ice, Christmas traffic and bad flying conditions to reach their destination. Any emergency service makes provision for bad weather and perceived threat – and the Regiment are no different.

I can remember moving to certain areas on standby many times during my ten years in the SAS. I, for one, feel safer when members of the Regiment are among us.