SBS On Stand-by For Rescue Mission

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http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Wo...tand-By_To_Rescue_Trapped_British_Oil_Workers

British Special Forces troops have been put on standby to conduct deep penetration rescue missions to take British subjects out of isolated Libyan oil exploration camps following widespread criticism of the Government's response to the unfolding crisis.


Security sources have told Sky that the Special Boat Service (SBS) had already forward mounted liaison officers to a Mediterranean location, which Sky will not reveal, as part of the preparations to rescue an estimated 170 people unable to reach Tripoli where RAF Hercules aircraft have been evacuating civilians.
Any mission to fly into Libyan airspace on a rescue mission would be extremely dangerous and Libya has highly efficient air defences.
But it is not clear whether these are still under the control of the army groups still loyal to Colonel Moammar Gaddafi.
There have been reports of oil workers being menaced by local armed militia and even some incidents of looting of their food and equipment.

Given Colonel Gaddafi's support for African rebel groups with a reputation for extreme brutally in countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia, it is likely that these are now forming part of the mercenary elements which have been seen attacking civilian protectors against his rule in Libya.
"If groups of mercenaries are going to get close to Brits in Libya and threaten to kill or capture them, then we obviously would be making plans to deal with that, and those would include a powerful military option," a senior security source told Sky.
The problem for British forces is that even the planning for such an operation puts strain on operations in Helmand, Afghanistan where there remains a shortage of helicopters and the air bridge which supplies troops is stretched thin by a shortage of aircraft.
The Strategic and Defence Review, many critics said at the time, has failed to tailor the future structures of the armed forces to deal with the the sort of 'bush fire' that has broken out in Libya.
Instead service chiefs squabbled over a share of the defence budget preferring to ensure that the army, navy and airforce held on to as much of the budget as they could rather than meet the challenge of a slimmed down but highly mobile armed force.
:: Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "extremely sorry" about the problems British nationals have faced as they tried to leave violence-hit Libya.
Those who have arrived back in the UK have described "hellish" scenes in Libya.
 

Crusader74

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Talk about letting the cat out of the bag....re sky news. not you Ravage. lol
 

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I hope they get the green light to go in and kill some of those fuckers. Making Africa safer One bullet at a time
 
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