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Army going into Libya

Just on BBC news Army officers being sent in to help the rebels wonder if it will be the 1st phase of a larger intervention?

British military officers will be sent to Libya to advise rebels fighting Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces, the UK government has said.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said the group would be deployed to the opposition stronghold of Benghazi.

He said the contingent would advise rebels on military organisation, rather than how to run the combat campaign.

Pro-Gaddafi forces have been pounding Misrata for days and hundreds of people are thought to have been killed.

Mr Hague said: "The [UK] National Security Council has decided that we will now move quickly to expand the team already in Benghazi to include an additional military liaison advisory team.

"This contingent will be drawn from experienced British military officers."
BBC News - UK officers to be sent to Libya
I wonder how many of them will be THEM, and didn't the US commitment to Viet Nam start off by sending military 'advisor's'?
possibly just to join up the air effort with the land forces. Its not exactly coherent at the moment is it?
Concurrent activity, synchronicity and all that good stuff.
Jog on if you must and send in "advisors". We tried to do that in Vietnam and see where it got us. :thumbdown:The Mulatto Messiah is right to be hesitant about putting U.S. troops into Libya as we're skint and our troops are streched thin with Afghanistan and Iraq. Anyway we still know fcuk all about the politics of the rebels fighting Gaddafi Duck and if we stick our nose in it's bound to go tits-up.

Surely ARRSE can offer them all the military advice they need. Here's some starters for 10:

1. Don't fire all your fucking bullets into the air.
2. Try some littoral manoeuvre, rather than driving up and down that same bloody road!

There must be more helpful 'top tips' out there.
Logistic advisors....Ok at least when they Introduce JAMES , there wont be any vehicles on the roads to get blown up

Maybe its a cunning plan to try and sell on JAMES and BOWMAN to the rebels??


'He said the contingent would advise rebels on military organisation,' - I hope to God we have not sent Army RP and LF Org, or the Libyan rebels will be hidebound by Regimental self- interest and defeated in detail before they can blink.


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So we send some advisers?

Then we send some troops to protect our advisers.

Then we send more troops to protect and the 'safe' areas.

Then we send troops to expand the 'safe' areas........................and so on.
Like others on ARRSE,I have been on a couple of these 'advisory' jaunts.Mission creep settles in very quickly,when it is discovered,in detail,how bad our charges are.It's quite difficult to train/advise,without getting involved in the odd battle IMHO.

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