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British SAS leads hunt for Gaddafi in Libya

British special forces are on the ground in Libya helping to lead the hunt for Muammar Gaddafi.

As a $1.6 million bounty was placed on his head, soldiers from 22 SAS Regiment began guiding rebel soldiers after being ordered in by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

For the first time, defense sources have confirmed the SAS has been in Libya for several weeks, and played a key role in coordinating the battle for Tripoli.

Seasoned combatants from the city of Misrata led the army of reinforcements into Tripoli. Their fellow fighters spearheaded the weekend assault that saw the Libyan capital swiftly overrun and Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound captured by Tuesday.

With most of the capital in rebel hands, the SAS soldiers, who have been dressed in Arab civilian clothes and carrying the same weapons as the rebels, have been ordered to switch their focus to the search for Gaddafi.

Rumours about Gaddafi’s whereabouts are flying around Tripoli: he’s holed up in a network of tunnels linking the Rixos Hotel, his Bab al-Aziziya compound and the sea; he’s at his farm near the international airport; he’s hiding among the animals at the Tripoli zoo, which is in a park that lies between the compound and the hotel, an area still under loyalist control.

NATO has ordered all available surveillance aircraft, including British spy planes, to focus on tracking Gaddafi.

[Read more Sydney Morning Herald]


2 Responses to “British SAS leads hunt for Gaddafi in Libya”

  1. Robert Fisk writes in his article “History Repeats Itself” in The Independent:

    “Muammar Gaddafi vanishes after promising to fight to the death. Isn’t that just what Saddam Hussein did?

    “And of course, when Saddam disappeared and US troops suffered the very first losses from the Iraqi insurgency in 2003, we were told – by the US proconsul Paul Bremer, the generals, diplomats and the decaying television “experts” – that the gunmen of the resistance were “die-hards”, “dead-enders” who didn’t realize that the war was over.

    “Needless to say, all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds as far as the West is concerned. No one is disbanding the Libyan army and no one is officially debarring the Gaddafi-ites from a future role in their country. No one is going to make the same mistakes we made in Iraq. And no boots are on the ground. No walled-off, sealed-in Green Zone Western zombies are trying to run the future Libya.

    “But, of course, the massive presence of Western diplomats, oil-mogul representatives, highly paid Western mercenaries and shady British and French servicemen – all pretending to be “advisers” rather than participants – is the Benghazi Green Zone.”

  2. SAS is leaving Libya…in humiliation

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