SAS unit moves to London in terror fight

#1
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The Times said:
SAS unit moves to London in terror fight
Michael Evans, Defence Editor

Troops callled in after police errors
Minister to agree before deployment



An SAS unit is now for the first time permanently based in London on 24-hour standby for counter-terrorist operations, The Times has learnt.
The basing of a unit from the elite special forces regiment “in the metropolitan area” is intended to provide the police with a combat-proven ability to deal with armed terrorists in the capital.



The small unit also includes surveillance specialists and bomb-disposal experts.

Although the Metropolitan Police has its own substantial firearms capability, the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician who was mistakenly identified as a terrorist bomber on the run, has underlined the need to have military expertise on tap.

Defence sources emphasised that a minister would have to make the decision to use the unit based in London. The Home Office would make a request to the Ministry of Defence, which was the usual procedure when the military was required to help in a police operation, the sources said.

The SAS counter-terrorist unit in London is part of an expanded headquarters in the capital for the Hereford-based regiment, which has been given extra resources and manpower to deal with the rising threat from international terrorism.

More funding has been provided to ensure that the four squadrons of 22 SAS, the regular army special forces regiment, are fully manned. Its smaller counterpart in the Royal Marines, the Special Boat Service (SBS), has also been given more money and is now in the process of gaining a second squadron.

Since the 1970s, the SAS has maintained a round-the-clock, counter-terrorist squadron based at Hereford, its main headquarters.

It has been drafted in from Hereford on several occasions to assist in terrorist incidents, notably the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980 and the Balcombe Street siege in 1975, when an IRA active service unit held a couple hostage in their flat.

However, with the expansion of the special forces in the past two years, particularly after the July 7 suicide bombings in London in 2005, it was considered prudent to have an SAS counter-terrorist unit located full-time in the capital.

The Ministry of Defence requested that the location of the unit be kept secret.

The Director Special Forces or a senior member of his staff attends Cobra, the Cabinet Office civil emergencies committee, whenever there is a suspected imminent terrorist attack or when an incident has taken place.

The presence of a standby SAS team in London has coincided with moves by MI5, which has responsibility for counter-terrorist intelligence, to expand its own workforce to meet the increasing terrorist threat. MI5 has set up a special headquarters on the outskirts of London for teams of surveillance experts to give them easier access to the North and the Midlands.

Meanwhile, according to Whitehall sources, the overarching responsibility for co-ordinating the Government’s counter-terrorist strategy may be given to the Cabinet Office, after a security review carried out by John Reid, the Home Secretary.

Sir Richard Mottram, the security and intelligence coordinator who is the Government’s principal counter- terrorist adviser in the Civil Service, is based at the Cabinet Office.
 
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OPSEC buddy, think about OPSEC! If I see your big mouthed arrse while I'm on stag in town, I'm gonna do ya!
 
#3
Giblets said:
OPSEC buddy, think about OPSEC! If I see your big mouthed arrse while I'm on stag in town, I'm gonna do ya!
Giblets, me old... Seeing as how he's just cut and paste from The Times, hows about you pop round there and fill them in?

Feckin' journos, eh? :pukel:
 
#5
Petriburg said:
Giblets said:
OPSEC buddy, think about OPSEC! If I see your big mouthed arrse while I'm on stag in town, I'm gonna do ya!
Giblets, me old... Seeing as how he's just cut and paste from The Times, hows about you pop round there and fill them in?

Feckin' journos, eh? :pukel:
Wouldn't we ALL like to fill a few journos in! As for the wide mouthed frog, methinks it's the whole country has something for that bird . . .
 
#6
The Times has obviuously never heard of the "Artisan's Rfiles" :roll:
 
#7
woopert said:
The Times has obviuously never heard of the "Artisan's Rfiles" :roll:
SSSSHHHHHHHH
 
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Although the Metropolitan Police has its own substantial firearms capability, the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician who was mistakenly identified as a terrorist bomber on the run, has underlined the need to have military expertise on tap.
Because of course the SAS are far more likely to ask questions before pulling the trigger???? á la Gib... Ahhh... or maybe they want people who ask questions... just before pulling the trigger.

But I'll bet the only fighting they'll see is in-fighting... with...
 
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Although the Metropolitan Police has its own substantial firearms capability, the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician who was mistakenly identified as a terrorist bomber on the run, has underlined the need to have military expertise on tap.

:):)

What, so they can shot him 14 times as opposed to 'just' 7?
 
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Bravo2nothing said:
Ah, so the wide mouth frog now gets her own personal SAS body guard? Or am I being cynical?

Bravo me old fruit bat, you cynical.... never in a month of sundays chap!
 
#15
woopert said:
The Times has obviuously never heard of the "Artisan's Rfiles" :roll:
Quality....

...that well known unit 21 Pioneer and SAS Artisan Rifles (V)!!!
 
#16
pomps said:
Bravo2nothing said:
Ah, so the wide mouth frog now gets her own personal SAS body guard? Or am I being cynical?

Bravo me old fruit bat, you cynical.... never in a month of sundays chap!
Never in a month of 'Saturdays and Sundays chap????'
 
#17
BaldricksBullet said:
Although the Metropolitan Police has its own substantial firearms capability, the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician who was mistakenly identified as a terrorist bomber on the run, has underlined the need to have military expertise on tap.
Because of course the SAS are far more likely to ask questions before pulling the trigger???? á la Gib... Ahhh... or maybe they want people who ask questions... just before pulling the trigger.

But I'll bet the only fighting they'll see is in-fighting... with...
Methinks the message is loud and clear. We can't trust you johnny coppers to do the job properly, so we are going to get in the hard boys.

As for Gib - that was a very professional hit, and was done correctly IMHO. The cnuts were indeed terrorists and they were indeed going to set bombs off in Gib. The fact that they weren't pointing guns and screaming 'die inglish scum' when they were shot is irrelevent.
 
#18
The-Daddy said:
The Artisans Rifles sneak in at night and redecorate before leaving before dawn - a bit like the cobbler and the elves! :joker:
...Presumably whinging and shimfing the whole time about "The Artificers Rifles" being spineless and over-promoted and traitors to the Corps and I could've done me PAAB etc,etc.

To the uninitiated, it's a REME thing.
 
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"Although the Metropolitan Police has its own substantial firearms capability, the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician who was mistakenly identified as a terrorist bomber on the run, has underlined the need to have military expertise on tap. "

as has sort of been said already- if THE Regt had been involved in the above incident, less ammo would have been used to the same effect!

military expertise on tap? a double-tap by any chance?
 

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