2011
04.05

The Sun
By Simon Hughes, Virginia Wheeler, Dan Sales and Neil Millard
Published: 03 May 2011

Obama ‘watched him die’

The world’s most evil man was consigned to the dustbin of history yesterday – shot in the head, tied up in a weighted bag and dropped in the ocean.
Osama Bin Laden finally paid the price for atrocities such as 9/11 when he was found by US Special Forces at his luxury lair in Pakistan.

He was killed as he cowered behind his wife – and President Barack Obama watched live via cameras worn by the troops. The 54-year-old warlord was buried in the north Arabian sea, his terror reign over at last.

President Obama’s eyes were glued to a screen showing the dramatic moments leading to the death of Bin Laden.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

Textbook op by naval elite

By Andy McNab
Ex SAS soldier

“As a military operation, the Navy Seals’ swoop was fantastic – textbook stuff.

It’s not surprising for a group made up of America’s military elite.

They undergo some of the toughest training in the world and have played an important role in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and also in Vietnam.

Clearly there has been a slow covert operation to make sure the information they were acting on was 100 per cent accurate.

In a situation like this intelligence is the biggest weapon of all. They probably used satellites and local informants to confirm Bin Laden was hiding out in the Abbottabad compound.”

2011
12.04

The Sun
09 Apr 2011

The grieving widow of a Royal Navy officer shot dead when a crewman opened fire on a nuclear submarine has described him as “an utterly devoted” family man.

Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, 22 – “furious” at being ordered to do back-to-back tours – was halted by a heroic civilian visitor in Southampton after gunning the officer down on HMS Astute on Friday and leaving another fighting for life.

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By ANDY McNAB
Sun security advisor

When a group of people live and work together in such a small environment, everything gets magnified tenfold.

These guys spend three months under the water sleeping in a tiny physical space.

And if something goes wrong, you can’t just phone your wife.

That’s why the culture is friendlier than in other military areas. Officers and crew call each other by their first names. It’s about man-management, not command and control.

But because everything is so contained there has to be a tight regime to stick to. Crew must be able to get on with others. Perhaps there was a personal grievance or a row got out of hand. Who knows?

It’s a credit to the Submarine Service that nothing like this has happened before.

Go here for the full article in The Sun

2011
07.03

Andy McNab in The Sun

The Sun: ‘SAS legend’s on a fashion mission’

Who dares, slings
By Andy McNab, Sun Security Adviser
Published: 23 Feb 2011

Don’t be worried about your manliness if you carry a manbag – I use them and was in the SAS.
And here I even give you tips on how to shoulder your burden without picking up a nasty injury.

Experts from the British Chiropractic Association say two thirds of manbag owners have suffered back pain because they load them with laptops, iPads and other gear weighing up to a STONE – that’s equivalent to hauling about more than 12 bags of sugar.

I have loads of man bags. The one I use most is a macho black sack with two shoulder straps. I got it in Afghanistan.

I’ve got the satchel type as well, which I use for carrying my laptops around when I need to do work on the move.

I carry my laptop everywhere, and all the wires and everything that comes with it.

Then there’s my phone and wallet too. It all adds up.

In the SAS – where the motto is Who Dares, Wins – you could be carrying loads of 7st 5lbs.

For a person weighing 12st, that means you’re lugging 70 per cent of your own body weight, so I know how to deal with carrying heavy stuff safely.

When you pack a backpack you need to put the heavier stuff at the top so your shoulders are taking the weight, instead of it pulling on your lower back.

You could fasten the waist straps really tight as well, to take some weight on the hips.

I have never had a problem with back pain. I put that down to plenty of time at the gym, especially doing lower back exercises.

But I have a friend who always carries a satchel and he now has one shoulder two inches lower than the other.

That just shows the difference a few sensible precautions can make.

So take my advice and look at the guide [below] before slinging a stone of gear over your shoulder.

Andy’s manbag safety guide

1. If you carry an over-the-shoulder bag, alternate between shoulders so the weight is distributed equally, and keep the strap short. Keep the bag round your back slightly, rather than it banging on your hip. You’ll feel it releases some of the pressure on the shoulder.

2. If you carry a laptop, use a rucksack and carry it on both shoulders, with the bag close to your back to ease the strain. Keep the back straps tight to keep the bag up high on your back – the lower it hangs, the heavier it will feel. Make sure you only tighten the straps when you have the bag on, or you risk a dislocated shoulder.

3. If you get a pain between the shoulder blades, stretch it out. The British Chiropractic Association have developed a three-minute exercise routine called Straighten Up UK – see straightenupuk.org.

4. Don’t carry too many heavy items, just what you need. I know that from the military, where it was a constant battle to our packs’ weight down.

5. The BCA advise regular breaks, by taking the bag off your shoulders. I prefer the SAS method of “just get on with it.”

Source: The Sun

2010
28.12

Andy was guest columnist in ZOO Magazine. Angel sent us the scanned version, I had to cut & paste a bit to make it fit the post here. Thanks Angel, it’s great!

2010
07.12

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.

2010
06.12

90-day blitz takes out 3,200 Taliban
The Sun
By David Willetts, Defence Correspondent

Published: 01 Dec 2010

Secret strike operations led by British and American Special Forces have taken out 3,200 Taliban insurgents in just 90 DAYS.

The huge haul was achieved in an “autumn showdown” – launched to crush the Taliban before they skulk off for winter.

British SAS and SBS fighters, US Delta Force units, Afghan Special Forces Tiger Teams and elite outfits from other coalition troops hit the enemy relentlessly for three months.

Of the 3,200 killed or captured in covert strikes, 387 were top-level commanders. The figures were handed to SAS hero and Sun Security Adviser Andy McNab at a top level briefing in the Afghan capital Kabul. Andy visited the frontline this month to drum up support for the Sun’s Jobs for Heroes campaign – backed by expert recruitment firm ForceSelect.

He said: “We are nailing the Taliban. We are killing and capturing them on an industrial scale.

“This wasn’t a blanket approach to killing. These are tactical missions. Troopers are now specifically targeting the Taliban leadership, and those who fight FOR the Taliban.

“Our guys weren’t targeting those who simply fought WITH the Taliban. There is a clear distinction. Some are fighting because they need the money or too frightened not to. They are not fighting for hate or the ideology.

“Of course, some commanders worry that younger, more radical Taliban fighters will take the place of dead leaders.

“But, talking to the guys who conduct these covert operations, they weren’t unduly worried about it.

“If a new generation of radical Taliban step into these dead men’s shoes, they too will be killed or captured.”

The operations are part of the push towards a Nato handover of control in Afghanistan to Afghan National Forces and police by 2014.

Source: The Sun

Andy McNab in The Sun - meeting the troops