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British SAS Special Forces Dressed Up as ISIS ‘Rebels’ Fighting Assad in Syria

By Stephen Lendman, Globalresearch, 4 August 2015  ~ On August 2, Britain’s Sunday Express newspaper headlined “SAS dress as ISIS fighters in undercover war on jihadis,” saying:

“More than 120 members belonging to the elite regiment are currently in the war-torn country” covertly “dressed in black and flying ISIS flags,” engaged in what’s called Operation Shader – attacking Syrian targets on the pretext of combatting ISIS.

Maybe covert US special forces and CIA elements are involved the same way. During Obama’s war on Libya, Britain deployed hundreds of Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) paratroopers – drawn from SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) personnel.

Around 800 Royal Marines and 4,000 US counterparts were on standby to intervene on short notice if ordered.

The latest revelation comes two weeks after learning Prime Minister David Cameron last year approved British warplanes joining US ones in bombing Syria despite parliamentary rejection in August 2013.

At least part of its current covert ground operation is under US command – so-called “smash” units traveling in pickup trucks able to launch mini-UAVs to scan terrain for targets to attack.

Over 250 UK (and perhaps US) specialists are involved to provide communications support, the Sunday Express explained.

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said “(o)ur actions and surveillance capabilities are freeing up other countries to strike in Syria.”

UK SAS forces are in Saudi Arabia training anti-Assad terrorists along with US operatives doing the same thing – including in Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and perhaps Israel.

US and UK claims about training so-called “moderate” rebels reflect smoke-screen cover for working directly with ISIS terrorists – trained, armed and funded abroad, funneled cross-border into Syria to fight Assad, now with US/UK and Canadian air support along with covert commandos on the ground.

The Express cited former British Army General David Richards saying “tanks will roll” as part of UK operations in Syria.

A separate article discussed US airstrikes defending ISIS terrorists serving as US foot soldiers against Assad.

The Wall Street Journal reported what appears ominously like prelude to Libya 2.0 – falsely claiming Obama authorized airstrikes against Syrian forces if they attack (nonexistent) US-supported “moderate” rebels.

Separately, Turkish media reported President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying Putin may have softened on Assad. (H)e may give up on” him.

Obama said he was “encouraged by the fact that Mr. Putin called him (in late June) and initiated the call to talk about Syria.”

I think they get a sense that the Assad regime is losing a grip over greater and greater swaths of territory inside of Syria and that the prospects for a (jihadist) takeover or rout of the Syrian regime is not imminent but becomes a greater and greater threat by the day. That offers us an opportunity to have a serious conversation with them.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said both leaders discussed combatting terrorism – especially the Islamic State.

“The Russian view is well-known,” he explained. “(I)t was reiterated by (Putin) during (his) conversation” with Obama. It hasn’t changed.

Putin opposes outside interference by any nations in the internal affairs of others. He supports the sovereign right of Syrians and other people to choose their own leaders and legislators.

Putin aide Yury Ushakov said “the current leadership of Syria is one of the real and effective forces confronting the Islamic State.”

Nothing indicates less Russian support for Assad.

A British sniper looks through the scope of his rifle as he guards outside the presidential palace during a handover ceremony in Basra, 550 km (340 miles) south of Baghdad, December 16, 2007. Britain handed over security in Basra province to Iraqi forces on Sunday, effectively marking the end of nearly five years of British control of southern Iraq (REUTERS/Atef Hassan-IRAQ)

British Sniper in Iraq (REUTERS/Atef Hassan -IRAQ)

Special Forces disguised as ISIS fighters operating in Syria – military sources

By RT, 4/8/2015 ~ Special Forces soldiers from Britain’s most shadowy military unit are dressing as Islamic State militants and traveling deep into the badlands of Syria to track and destroy enemy assets, according to military sources.

It is reported that up to two SAS squadrons of men, around 120 personnel in all, are operating inside the borders of Syria as part of Operation Shader, which aims to destroy equipment and munitions used by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

The troops are operating under US command as part of the Coalition Joint Special Operations Task Force.

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“Essentially, this is what we call penny packet operations – small individual incursions which hopefully join up to create tangible results,” on Saturday, a senior military source told the Express newspaper.

The source said the operations were seen as a way so soften up the enemy and gather intelligence for further military activities.

“The view here is long – it’s about finding and engaging targets, yes, but it’s also about assessing infrastructure and identifying where ISIS is hiding its equipment in order to set the conditions for a potentially larger, future engagement.”

The soldiers operate mini-drones, scouting the way ahead for targets, assigning and operating in so-called ‘kill-boxes’ – areas of territory in which no coalition airstrikes will take place during the soldiers’ time there.

The process of essentially outsourcing UK troops by placing them under foreign authority came under the spotlight recently after it was revealed UK fast jet pilots are carrying out combat operations in Syria despite a 2013 parliamentary vote banning military action in Syria.

In July it emerged that Royal Navy pilots embedded with US and Canadian forces had been involved in missions flown from aircraft carriers in the Gulf.

“It is crucial that in these important and sensitive matters the confidence and trust of this parliament is maintained as well as that of the British people,” Shadow Defense Secretary Vernon Coaker said at the time.

“The government has acted in a way that puts that trust and confidence at risk.”

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Only days later it was revealed that UK drone crews had been routinely operating under US command from Creech air base in Nevada.

Concerns were immediately raised about whether RAF (Royal Air Force) personnel were involved in strikes on Pakistan and Yemen, nations which the US has been bombing for some time, but with whom the UK is not ‘legally’ at war.

A Ministry of Defence (MoD) memo accessed by the charity Reprieve referred to the embedding of UK personnel in US units as a “gift of service” to make up for manning shortfalls.

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R E L A T E D :

SAS ‘SPECIAL FORCES’ Dress as ISIS & Wave ‘Islamic State’ Flags: Plus the Very Dubious History of ‘Special Forces’ in the Middle East…

How can we be sure SAS and elite ‘Special Forces’ were involved in the early stages of the War in Syria? Because they had been doing the same thing in Libya in 2011.

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Behold, the International Terrorist Organisation Known as the ‘SAS‘ and ‘Special Forces’.

That’s right; the brave, elite soldiers doing what they do best – dressing up as Arabs and waging war in the Middle East. Some people may be surprised by that statement; others won’t. But there is a very dubious history of the SAS/Special Forces involvement in that part of the world; a few examples of which will be highlighted in this post.

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British soldiers have been caught ‘disguised as Arabs’ and carrying out terrorist attacks even before Libya. There were famously (and embarrassingly) some of them caught in the act during the Iraq War – remember?

… … … you can read the full post at:
https://theburningbloggerofbedlam.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/sas-special-forces-dress-as-isis-wave-islamic-state-flags-plus-the-very-dubious-history-of-special-forces-in-the-middle-east/

As reported by The Insider, and various others, at the time; ‘British soldiers have been caught posing as Arabs and shooting Iraqis in the occupied city of Basra in southern Iraq. A group of them was caught yesterday by Iraqi police. They were driving an Iraqi car, wearing Arab clothing, and carrying weapons and explosives. The Iraqi police were patrolling the area looking for suspected “terrorists” or “insurgents”, and they noticed that the men were acting suspiciously. Suddenly, without warning, the suspicious men started shooting at people, but the new Iraqi security forces managed to capture some of them before they could escape. Obviously, if these men had not been caught, the mass media would now be reporting the incident as just another attempt by evil “terrorists” to create civil war in Iraq.’

As reported by The Insider, and various others, at the time; ‘British soldiers have been caught posing as Arabs and shooting Iraqis in the occupied city of Basra in southern Iraq. A group of them was caught yesterday by Iraqi police. They were driving an Iraqi car, wearing Arab clothing, and carrying weapons and explosives. The Iraqi police were patrolling the area looking for suspected “terrorists” or “insurgents”, and they noticed that the men were acting suspiciously. Suddenly, without warning, the suspicious men started shooting at people, but the new Iraqi security forces managed to capture some of them before they could escape. Obviously, if these men had not been caught, the mass media would now be reporting the incident as just another attempt by evil “terrorists” to create civil war in Iraq.’

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SOURCES:
GlobalResearch
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. 
He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled 
Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html 
his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com
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Russia Today
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Corbett Report 
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The Burning Blogger of Bedlam
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