Famed SAS Raid on Tora Bora Never Happened: Delta Commander

Andy_S

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#1
With ref to "The Feathermen," etc:

Just reading this:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0312384394/?tag=armrumser-20
This is an account by "Dalton Fury" (not his real moniker) the US Delta Force commander of the allied special task force which made the now infamous strike against Bin Laden in the Tora Bora Mountains in 2001.

There have been dozens of UK newspapers articles about the "two squadrons" of SAS who had Bin Laden in their sights, then were ordered out to give the Yanks the honour of whacking him. For eg:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3724/is_200202/ai_n9076616

Or, try this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-90168/SAS-heroes-win-VCs.html

Or, perhaps, this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4454828,00.html

Interesting reading, eh?

Unfortunately, it is, according to Fury's account, total fiction. There was not a SINGLE SAS soldier involved in the operation (though there were 12 SBS chaps).

Do UK journalists simply invent copy about the SAS?

There does not appear to be a single shred of truth to Anderson's story or the dozens (try Google) that were spun off it in the UK press.
 
#2
I want to stress "I DON'T KNOW"

but

it is not unusual for newspapers to invent news, but nor is it unusual for people to write books, especially under pseudonyms, which are a load of tosh.
 
#4
as a civve, did you ever know the difference between RM, SBS and SAS? like hell you did, so when a rookie journo comes in giving it big balls; he gets the facts wrong and here we are years later.

becuase i have an O2 tag and actually want to get rid of it, i am obliged to say:

this is MY OPINION ONLY and non of it is based on fact.

there is a HIGH CHANCE that I AM WRONG regarding this subject.
 
#5
zubrzycki said:
as a civve, did you ever know the difference between RM, SBS and SAS? like hell you did, so when a rookie journo comes in giving it big balls; he gets the facts wrong and here we are years later.

becuase i have an O2 tag and actually want to get rid of it, i am obliged to say:

this is MY OPINION ONLY and non of it is based on fact.

there is a HIGH CHANCE that I AM WRONG regarding this subject.
You have far more chance of getting rid of it by just shutting up, me thinks. You have f*** all chance with smart arse comments like "obliged to say".

It really shows how sincere your repentance is, that does.......
 
#6
Daily Mail said:
Two SAS fighters hunting Osama Bin Laden may be awarded the Victoria Cross - the first time a living soldier has been considered for the honour for more than 30 years
How wrong eh!
 

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#7
I have it on good authority that the SAS weren't in Afghan during that period at all. The word is that they were actually in ASDAS and they were 'shopping' not 'slotting' - easy mistake to make.
 
#8
Best I tell a friend of mine that the bullet that smashed into him there never happened then. Damn, he maybe a walt!!!
 

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#9
jack-daniels said:
Best I tell a friend of mine that the bullet that smashed into him there never happened then. Damn, he maybe a walt!!!
Yes, he's a 'wound walt'.
 
#12
I thought the IBA did it? Some fat bloke in a skirt with a load of medals jangling in the wind was seen on the sky-line (standard SOPs in the IBA to protect against snipers).......

That's where the Victoria Cross confusion enters, because (allegedly) he had awarded himself that honour. :D
 
#13
Andy_S said:
Unfortunately, it is, according to Fury's account, total fiction. There was not a SINGLE SAS soldier involved in the operation (though there were 12 SBS chaps).

Now I know the British press aren't exactly the most accurate at reporting British special forces actions, but here is a cutting from the Torygraph dated Dec 2001.

telegraph

It claims 2 SAS sqns and about 100 SBS operating in Afghanistan.

Even the British press can't be that wrong!
 
#14
JonnoJonno said:
I thought the IBA did it? Some fat bloke in a skirt with a load of medals jangling in the wind was seen on the sky-line (standard SOPs in the IBA to protect against snipers).......

That's where the Victoria Cross confusion enters, because (allegedly) he had awarded himself that honour. :D

Love it, now spat coffee over my screen!
 
#16
Not to mention the SBS NCO who was supposed to have been awarded the Medal of Honor by the US...



AN SBS hero honoured for rescuing a CIA agent from the Taliban has died in a freak hang-gliding accident.

Sgt Paul McGeogh, 41, was using a rented motorised hang-glider while on holiday in Cyprus.

But when the engine cut out it plunged 1,000ft to the ground and into a vineyard. He died instantly.

The extreme sports enthusiast was on the island with his wife and children at the resort of Pissouri near Limassol.

The father of four was dramatically photographed in action, above, while helping to put down a prisoner revolt at an Afghan fortress in November 2001.

Known as “Scruff” to pals, he led his team of seven SBS commandos throughout the epic three-day battle at Qala-i-Jangi fort near Mazar-i-Sharif.

Two CIA officers Dave Dawson and Mike Spann were inside the fort interrogating one of the inmates when a riot broke out. Many of the 600 al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners had not been searched and were still armed.

After overpowering guards, the crazed mob captured ex-Marine Spann, 32, and killed him.

Braving a wall of bullets, Paul and his men went into the fortress and managed to save holed-up Dawson.

For the extraordinary act, Sgt McGeogh was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour — America’s top bravery award.

The MoD also gave Sgt McGeogh a Mention in Despatches.

He retired from the SBS last year.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of not having a licence to operate a hang-gliding school.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006260796,00.html

US honours Briton in Afghan raid

By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent
11/01/2003

A member of the Special Boat Service has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour, the equivalent of the Victoria Cross, for his part in the rescue of a CIA officer from an Afghan prison revolt.

The man, a sergeant, led a patrol of half-a-dozen SBS commandos who rescued a member of the CIA's special activities section from the fort at Qala-i-Jangi near Mazar-i-Sharif, in November 2001.



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/01/11/nsbs11.xml
 
#17
jack-daniels said:
Best I tell a friend of mine that the bullet that smashed into him there never happened then. Damn, he maybe a walt!!!
likewise the reasonably senior individual who had a cage on his leg at Headley with me must have been bluffing away when he got time to go back to Hereford to sit in on Officers' Week

ps for fear of getting my head stoved in i wont be suggesting he wasnt there :evil: :evil:
 

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