Saturday, March 5, 2011

British troops on 24 hour Libya standby - 5th Mar 2011

CRACK British troops are on 24-hour standby for a mission in Libya, it emerged last night.

Five hundred of the Black Watch were secretly made ready on PM David Cameron's orders.

And 200 have already been moved to an air base in South Cerney, Wiltshire.

A third warship - Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster - has also sailed for the region rocked by an uprising against tyrant Colonel Gaddafi.

NATO planners are drawing up a range of potential military scenarios - from rescue sorties to a no-fly zone.

But the most likely task for the Black Watch, based at Fort George near Inverness, would be a humanitarian mission rather than a combat role.

An MoD official said: "The whole region is extremely unstable at the moment, so it makes sense to have the Black Watch on immediate standby." Read More

In addition from the Daily Mail:

Britain is to send teams of spies and diplomats into Libya to help oust Colonel Gaddafi, it emerged last night.

MI6 operatives backed by the SAS are to land in the east around the key rebel stronghold of Benghazi 'within days'.

British diplomats and spies have been engaged in intensive efforts to speak to opposition forces, which are led by Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the rebel National Libyan Council.

Now ministers have approved a presence on the ground to gather information and boost the chances of the rebels. Read More