Andy McNab interview: “The advance of ISIS could see Baghdad fall”
The Big Issue 20 June 2014

As the fate of Iraq hangs in the balance, former SAS man McNab fears the nation’s capital could be overthrown by ISIS extremists

As the crisis in Iraq rages on, SAS hero turned best-selling author Andy McNab has warned that the advance of ISIS could see Baghdad fall.

McNab, who was captured behind enemy lines in Iraq during the first Gulf War, said that a lack of Allied groundtroops could allow insurgents to take the Iraqi capital.

“The only country that will do something, if anything really needs to be done, because they’ve got the capability, are the United States,” McNab, pictured, told The Big Issue. “But [for the UK] to actually put boots on the ground – we’re coming up to an election year… both countries are being very wary of putting boots on the ground. So there is a possibility that Baghdad would fall.”

He slammed political moves to downscale army numbers and sees this a problem for the future, and the key thing that will stop a move back to Iraq.

“Politicians just want to get out of Afghanistan before the election – they don’t want to commit troops [to Iraq]. We don’t want to commit troops, because it will show a weakness of policy at the moment – downscaling our army.

“We’re apparently about six years behind in recruiting and training reserves for the forces. There’s just isn’t what’s called the force projection capability to go and do it [British intervention]. All nations are scaling down. But the fact is that at the moment, we really don’t have the force projection to first of all get our troops from A to B, and more importantly sustain them while they’re there.”

David Cameron warned this week of the threat to the UK if an “extreme Islamist regime” is created in central Iraq. McNab, meanwhile, claims Britain was “supporting some of those groups” recently in Syria.

“Certainly what’s going on at the moment with Isis, it is really interesting because unfortunately we’re back to square one,” he said. “And it’s really, really crazy, because some of those groups, certainly when they were in Syria, we were supporting them. But it’s just history repeating itself. We’ve done it for centuries.”

Source: The Big Issue


Andy was on the Graham Norton radio show today. We love Graham and.. sure we like Andy too. So this one was a no miss!

For 7 days you can listen to the show (again) HERE on the BBC Radio 2 website.

You can hear Andy from 1h32, right after Kate Bush singing ‘Army dreamers’.


Andy was on the Simeon Courtie show on BBC Wiltshire this morning, talking about his passion to reduce illiteracy.

You can LISTEN TO IT HERE, the talk with Andy starts at 1h30.

From now only 6 days left to ‘listen again’ so don’t wait too long!


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Published 3 April 2014

Airsoft Action: “Andy talks to Nige about making his first Airsoft rifle, the AM22 and why he has decided to become involved in our sport.”




Andy McNab Airsoft Action 2014



Andy McNab was on BBC Radio 5,  the Daily Bacon show (thanx Angel!), on 23 January….

Comedy duo Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis who are embarking on a new tour talk to Richard about their 25-year comedy partnership which includes working together on Radio 4’s The Now Show, on screen and behind the scenes at Mock the Week and Outnumbered. And he talks to former SAS soldier ANDY MCNAB about his new books and his work to improve literacy among young recruits. And we look back at the top news stories of the last seven days in Chart The Week.

You can download the podcast and listen to it here. Andy’s item starts at 32.30m