2011
31.08

“the SAS, it was in his blood”.
RIP Mr McAleese

John McAleese (1949-2011) – The man who made the SAS famous

The Sun:
Legendary former SAS hero John McAleese, who helped end the 1980 siege of the Iranian Embassy in London, has died.
Mr McAleese, who was in his early 60s, is thought to have suffered a heart attack on Friday in Thessaloniki in Greece.

He saved 19 people during the raid 31 years ago, after blasting open a window and storming the property.

Tragically his son, Serjeant Paul McAleese, 29, was killed by a roadside bomb while helping a fatally injured comrade in Afghanistan two years ago.

Source: The Sun

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By ANDY McNAB
Former SAS hero

MAC was an SAS legend – a word I don’t use lightly.

His was an outstanding soldier, winning the Military Medal yet still proving himself time and time again, during the Falklands War, the Iranian Embassy siege and in Northern Ireland.

I first met him practising his golf swing with his assault rifle in the jungles of South East Asia.

For the next ten years I had the privilege of going on operations with him in the Middle East and Northern Ireland. I learnt a lot. John was what the SAS called a “complete soldier”.

He could overcome whatever was thrown at him because he had the one quality prized in all soldiers: Determination.

It gave him the drive to keep going when others would stop and that meant men wanted to follow him.

Andy has written an extended version that you can find on Facebook

2011
31.08

Squaddie ‘chops off Taliban fingers’ – Scot probed over digits stash

The Sun
By Nick Sharpe, Chief Reporter, and Lynn Davidson
Published: 08 Aug 2011

A Scots squaddie has been accused of slicing off the fingers of dead Taliban fighters.
The soldier, from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, is under investigation over claims he kept the digits from mutilated corpses in Afghanistan.

A source revealed: “The allegations have rocked the battalion.”

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

‘We need Our Boys aggressive to do job’
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By ANDY McNAB

“What we have to remember is that this is not a knitting circle — these lads are trained killers and we need them to be aggressive.

You want the lads to get sparked up, to get excited, because that’s what allows them to do things they would never do in normal life.

In turn, though, the officers who are in charge of them have a huge role to play when situations like this one arise.

They are told in training that they have to ‘grip’ the soldiers — they have to curb their worst excesses as soon as they arise.

This guy should have been quickly sat down and told that what he was doing was out of order.

Whether the officers didn’t know about it or were too weak to stop it doesn’t matter — there has clearly been a failure of the command structure here.

I’ve seen people take ears and fingers from dead enemy.

Generally it was because they wanted a souvenir.

But a few days later they are going to look at it and think ‘What the hell did I do that for?’.

Most likely that is why this guy was doing what he did.

Sometimes it’s the trigger finger of the dead enemy that gets chopped, to send a message to those of them who are left behind.”

2011
22.07

The Sun
By John Kay, Chief Reporter
07 Jul 2011

The Ministry of Defence spends three times as much money helping top officers’ children attend elite private schools as it does compensating soldiers injured in Afghanistan.

(..) But the MoD – which faces severe cost-cutting measures – found cash to subsidise the children of more than 5,000 officers to attend top schools.

Go to the Sun to read the full article and find out what this is all about

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By ANDY McNAB

“The education allowance is a success story for all sorts of reasons. The Armed Forces remain one of the few places where ordinary people can really achieve social mobility through hard work.

This scheme is open to all ranks and it is money well spent on the children because they are getting a top-class education.

It is also money well spent on our servicemen and women who travel constantly for work.

If they take advantage of this, they stand to gain a great deal.”

2011
22.07

The Sun
By Viginia Wheeler, Defence Editor
02 Jul 2011

The injured soldier cried in pain and collapsed in the compound of the British Army’s Middle East HQ in Cairo.
Second Lieutenant Archibald David Stirling had perilously scaled an internal fence using his crutches as a ladder.
But sentries had been alerted and were hunting him down with rifles raised.
With seconds to spare he forced his way into the office of General Ritchie and delivered a daring proposal.

Stirling, the son of a Scottish laird, had hatched a plan with pal Jock Lewes to form a revolutionary new force of raiders who would operate deep behind enemy lines to destroy aircraft, gain intelligence and attack supply lines.
Instead of sending Stirling to prison for breaking in to the HQ, Army bosses liked the idea.

He and Lewes created their gang of “misfits, rogues and rule-breakers” exactly 70 years ago this week. They took as their motto “Who Dares Wins” and became known as the Special Air Service, or SAS.

The regiment has never been busier than it is today in Afghanistan.
New figures gathered by The Sun show the recent heroics played out against the Taliban behind enemy lines in Helmand.

However, the regiment’s most secretive mission is yet to come.

The family of Lieut Jock Lewes – dubbed “The Godfather Of The SAS” – has revealed a cloak-and-dagger operation to recover the hero’s remains from the Libyan desert where the regiment first worked.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

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By ANDY McNAB

“Who Dares Wins” is a way of life for the regiment. It is living and breathing this motto that makes the SAS the best at what they do.

It is not only the harsh training of SAS troopers that results in the best. It is also how these troopers operate in battle that sets them apart from other special forces.

The SAS know that the most effective weapon in war isn’t weapons – but information on what the enemy is planning.

In Afghanistan today, one of the most important jobs the SAS do is risk life and limb gathering intelligence because it is this which will defeat the Taliban and find the factories making IEDs that kill our troops.

Once the SAS have intelligence, they can destroy the enemy where it hurts most, faster and more efficiently than anyone else. That’s where “Who Dares Wins” really matters.

2011
08.07

The Sun
Harry ‘hunted and tortured’ in drill
Warrior Prince’s practice for being shot down

Published: 17 Jun 2011

PRINCE Harry will head back to war against the Taliban after SAS training that will see him hunted down – and TORTURED.
The Apache helicopter pilot, 26 – who The Sun revealed yesterday is returning to Afghanistan – faces three days of hell learning to cope with being shot down behind enemy lines.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

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By Andy McNab
Sun Security Expert

If things go pear-shaped and Harry loses his aircraft he needs to become a soldier who is equally effective on the ground.

The “escape and evasion” training is rehearsed as realistically as possible.

When I did mine it was the hardest in my whole military career. But it prepares you for what’s coming – and make no mistake, Harry will be roughing it like the rest.

2011
05.05

The Sun
Data find will trap fanatics
By Virginia Wheeler, Defence Editor and Nick Parker
Published: 04 May 2011

A TREASURE trove of computers, hard drives and discs snatched by US Navy Seals from Osama Bin Laden’s HQ could nail THOUSANDS of other terrorists.

US officials last night called it “the mother lode of intelligence”.

The data could prove even more significant in crippling al-Qaeda than Sunday’s execution of their warlord.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

Photo from The Sun

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By Andy McNab
Sun Security Adviser

FORMER SAS soldier Andy McNab analyses the scene in the White House Situation Room as Barack Obama watched live video footage of the raid:

“Although President Obama is sitting to the side, he is without doubt the most important person present.

Once the operation has been set in motion he is the only one with the power to call it off.

The people pictured will be from several departments, including intelligence and the military.

They will each have presented the President with information on a specific part of the mission.

His job is to take in the information and then give the go-ahead – or call the mission off. The reason the picture is so tense is that the job is out of their hands. Responsibility has passed to the Navy Seals to complete the task.

The soldiers would have been kitted out with cameras, most likely on their helmets. With so many feeds coming in, you can flick to the relevant one.

No single person would have been selected to take on Bin Laden, because in the course of an operation you can never guarantee things will go according to plan.

I’ve conducted many swoops for the SAS with a helmet camera and always supported the idea. If anything goes wrong you can go back to military or political bosses with the footage.”