Nigeria Hostage disaster

Command_doh

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#1
Has this already been done? Can't seem to find a thread on it. If so, please delete this.

Yesterday morning, I read 'UK and Nigeria deny attempt to rescue hostages) re: the oil workers held there. I went to bed early (diddums, eh? Early starts this week) and today there are a succession of articles about 'bungled raids', 'Diplomatic rows' (Italy not informed of rescue attempy by UK, Hammon fudging the cock up by saying 'seriously disrupted AQIM'. It feels very 'back-burner issue' though, and quite low key. Perhaps because of the weekend?

I noticed a coupld of choice phrases though:

Special Boat Service and the Nigerian army launched their dramatic rescue bid
SBS commandos were first to the building and were confronted by the leader of the gang. An exchange of gunfire occurred which alerted the kidnappers that a hostage rescue was under way. It is understood that at this point they immediately executed the captives. Questions had been raised over why the operation, in Sokoto in northwest Nigeria, was carried out so suddenly and in daylight.
The Telegraph was quick to point out yesterday that the SBS botched another rescue attempt last year (forget where). Hidden agenda?

We know all their leaders are in disarray.”
This from Gen. Richards regarding Ansaru, but from reading the article, he could have been talking about the Nigerian Forces or their political leadership.

Doomed rescue launched amid fears hostages were about to be killed - Telegraph
Nigerian militants 'kill seven hostages including Briton' - Telegraph
 
#2
'Botched' 'doomed' 'bungled' and 'disaster'. All words written by twats with no ****ing idea whatsoever.

The hostages were going to be killed, this information led to someone green lighting the immediate action plan. The hostages are going to be executed so if you go in there's a tiny chance you may be able to rescue one or two and at the very least you get to drop the kidnappers and send a very clear message.

The operation was a success as far as I can see.
 
#4
Two different events, the 'failure' was last year. The murder was last week, reportedly because the Nigerian press had identified British 'Royal Army' jet bombers at Abuja airport. The Muzzers panicked thinking another rescue mission was on the way and topped the hostages.

The MOD only say that Aircraft were assisting the Nigerians in transport to Mali
 
#5
Two different events, the 'failure' was last year. The murder was last week, reportedly because the Nigerian press had identified British 'Royal Army' jet bombers at Abuja airport. The Muzzers panicked thinking another rescue mission was on the way and topped the hostages.

The MOD only say that Aircraft were assisting the Nigerians in transport to Mali
I was commenting on last year's op.

This latest bit of nastiness is hardly surprising though seeing as this mob really do like to get violent early and take it to levels that would make a Mexican drug cartel wince.
 
#6
I was commenting on last year's op.

This latest bit of nastiness is hardly surprising though seeing as this mob really do like to get violent early and take it to levels that would make a Mexican drug cartel wince.
Misunderstood, sorry. Time to get out the junglies then. A couple of articles suggest the French taking on AQ in the French speaking desert areas and the UK concentrating on the English speaking jungly bits.
 

Command_doh

LE
Book Reviewer
#7
I should have clarified that the words been used are coming from the newspapers, and not mine. I did find it quite strange that they are taking a kind of perverse pleasure at the SBS's 'failings'. Reminds me of their similar mirth when the 'SBS threw their weapons away' and exfiltrated Iraq during the conflict. That was from all the papers at the time.
 

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