UK Daily Mail
March 7, 2011
A joint SAS-MI6 team was kicked out of Libya last night after their mission to link up with rebels fighting Colonel Gaddafi turned to farce.
The eight-man unit was sent to have secret talks with opposition leaders but humiliatingly the team was detained and held by a group of farmhands.
The crack troops, armed with guns, ammunition, explosives and false passports, were mistaken for enemy spies, detained and stripped of their mobile phones and satellite communications devices.
Britain faced further diplomatic humiliation as telephone calls in which officials in London begged opposition figures in Libya for their release were intercepted by Colonel Gaddafi’s security forces and broadcast on Libyan state television.
In one, Richard Northern, the British ambassador who left Tripoli a week ago, was told by former Libyan justice minister Mostafa Abdel Jalil: ‘They made a big mistake, coming with a helicopter in an open area.’
This article was posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 at 9:31 am