Saturday, March 5, 2011

Libya: 'SAS Unit And Diplomat Held Hostage' (by REBELS) - 6th Mar 2011

Up to eight members of an SAS unit and a British diplomat have been detained in Libya, it has been reported.

According to the Sunday Times, the elite soldiers are believed to have been escorting the junior diplomat through a rebel-held area in the east of Libya when they were taken hostage.

It is understood that all have now been transported to the rebel-stronghold of Benghazi.

The SAS's intervention has allegedly angered Libyan opposition figures who ordered the armed and plain-clothes soldiers to be locked up on a military base.

Opponents of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's fear he could use any evidence of western military interference to rally patriotic support for his regime.

Sky News defence correspondent Niall Paterson said: "Neither the Foreign Office nor Ministry of Defence are as yet saying anything about this matter.

"But people I have spoken to give me no reason to doubt the report." Read More

UPDATE: SAS Soldiers Released; Eight SAS soldiers who had been detained by Libyan rebels near Benghazi have left the country aboard HMS Cumberland, according to Sky News sources. Read More