Sunday, May 20, 2012

SAS to stay in Afghanistan after pullout: Elite regiment will carry on fight against Al Qaeda remnants

SAS troops will stay in Afghanistan to conduct counter-terrorism operations against the remnants of Al Qaeda after UK combat soldiers leave in 2014, it was revealed last night.

Senior sources said members of the elite regiment will remain in Helmand Province to help Afghan forces weed out insurgents.

David Cameron and fellow Nato leaders will today map out plans to withdraw frontline troops from the fight against the Taliban in two years’ time.

Officials said the ‘great majority’ of British forces would come home but they conceded the SAS and their naval counterparts, the SBS, are almost certain to remain after the deadline, so UK personnel will still be in harm’s way.

The SAS and SBS have done valuable covert work uncovering Taliban bomb factories and identifying the location of their leaders for air and ground attacks. Read More