By Will Fowler

In September 2000, 11 British squaddies have been captured via a infamous military gang in Sierra Leone. initially deployed to meet peace-keeping tasks in a rustic ravaged by means of civil battle, the warriors have been abducted via the so-called 'West facet Boys' who had already subjected the sector to a reign of terror, homicide and mutilation. while negotiations stalled, the British govt determined to release Operation Barras as a joint rescue operation by way of D Squadron 22 SAS and an organization 1 Para. four-man SAS reconnaissance patrols have been inserted by way of boat into the villages the place they supplied key information regarding the positioning of the hostages and the workouts, if any, of the often stoned and intensely risky West facet Boys. Then, earlier than sunrise on Sunday, September 20 2004, 3 Chinooks supported through military Lynx helicopters lifted the Paras and SAS into the 2 villages that straddled Rokel Creek. The Lynx helicopter attacked a heavy machinegun within the southern village of Magbeni because the SAS hearth groups and a hostage rescue workforce speedy roped down from the 2 Chinooks. The hostages have been speedy positioned and evacuated to safeguard. The SAS continued a sustained firefight with the West aspect Boys, killing a few and taking pictures their chief, "Brigadier" Foday Kallay, a 24-year-old former sergeant within the Sierra Leone military. To the south of the village, the Paras fought in the course of the village of Magbeni using off the remainder gang participants and improving the Royal Irish Land Rovers that were deserted by means of the abducted infantrymen. The operation was once over via overdue morning and the Paras accomplished the challenge by way of destroying any cars, ammunition or gear that have been deserted by means of the crowd. within the phrases of 1 SAS veteran, "This used to be no longer a medical, black balaclava, Princess Gate-type operation: it was once a really grubby, eco-friendly operation with plenty of power for issues to head wrong." For the 1st time, this bold raid is delivered to lifestyles with in particular commissioned paintings, specific maps and overhead photographs to recreate one of many maximum hostage-rescue luck tales in fresh heritage.

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This SAS operation was an excellent example of a preemptive antiterrorist strike by well-trained operators. One of the original members of the FBI HRT in the assault gear that was in use at the time. (Pilgrim) In December 1988, Pan Am flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, an act that was eventually attributed to Libyan intelligence operatives. Hezbollah had been formed in 1983 and immediately began carrying out attacks on Western interests in Lebanon. S. S. Marine barracks in Beirut in October 1983, which resulted in 241 deaths.

On December 27, 1985, the Abu Nidal Organization acting for the Libyans carried out simultaneous attacks at airports in Rome and Vienna. In September 1986, an Abu Nidal team hijacked a Pan Am plane to Pakistan where the plane was stormed by Musa Company, the antiterrorist force within Pakistan’s SSG, and the terrorists arrested. Amidst the continued acts of terrorism around the world, the USA formed the FBI HRT (Hostage Rescue Team) in 1983 to deal with terrorist incidents within the USA since Delta and Seal Team Six were precluded by law from domestic law enforcement roles.

Long before the Olympics, the Germans had ignored the potential threat and had not trained the Munich police to deal with a hostage incident. A police psychologist had warned of the likelihood of an incident that would play out much as the actual event transpired. Security at the Olympic Village was so lax that the terrorists were able to gain entry to the dormitory that would house Israeli athletes and reconnoiter it before the Olympics began. Once the hostages had been taken, negotiations were carried out incompetently and offers of assistance from the Israelis, who were considered to be the most experienced antiterrorist force in the world at the time, were ignored.

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