A daring dawn raid led by the British Special Boat Service in western Afghanistan yesterday resulted in the rescue of two Italian hostages from Taliban hands and the death of nine of the kidnappers.

The multinational rescue team ambushed the convoy transporting the hostages, and after a fierce gun fight nine of the Taliban lay dead while one hostage was wounded.

As usual, the SAS got credit for this SBS action, at least in the Italian press.

Read the full story at the Times Online.

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