While controversy and many unanswered questions continue to surround this weeks failed hostage rescue mission by Britain’s SBS in Nigeria, it may be useful to take a look back at the over all track record that both the SBS and SAS have had with these types of missions. A huge thanks to SOFREP reader Chris for compiling all of this information for us.
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Rockbond Clearly, you subscribe to the KISS philosophy. Thanks for posting that. It made perfect sense and wasn't a marathon read. Thanks for serving too, even it was under the Union Jack! ;-)
Bottom line is SAS are mostly made up of Para reg and their unique culture. The SBS mostly marines with there unique culture. They clash all the time. I have done both All arms courses in the 80s and found the Para course heavy on violence and live for the day because in battle we only expect to survive hours in a hostile DZ. Commando we land on a beach, prepare, stealth, survive as long as possible But both of them you need to get your head around humping heavy bergans and yomping /tabbing mile after mile. Its a lot of head/attitude work and blisters a plenty...this generation are still as hard as ever, met a few at Airborne forces weekend, good lads..
Fist, SAS are bad men....but SBS are harder, bad motherf**king men inmho (just the few I've talked to on Skype with another journalist-type friend of mine). Ok...I think I get it...k? I get it. J/K lol =) not but seriously, its getting really old sometimes to beat the preverbial dead horse with the SAME groups that we see constantly doing the same mission templates. With souther border threats (no...no Ire boders, OUR borders lol) this threat, in my VERY HUMBLE OPINION (my measly 2 cents, i know) has had some major changes occurr on both sides. The presence of highly skilled AQT-turned-Turkish car bomber (yes, this supposedly happened once and killed 20 people in a crowded airport with cops galore) who got into Turkey's main airport/s (as i recall, could be wrong...maybe w/how many whatever) are not uncommon, as you all can see in western European news like I've seen (but i'm from southern CA out by the beach near Coronade etc etc). Plus, the Islamic Chinese tribes (which are a trip when you hear about stuff like this) that come into the OEF theater slowly but surely (with the Chechens etc) and fight no different or less ferocious than the US SOF up there. (They found numerous of these guys in Takur Ghar and it's subsequent Wolverine raid....course, could be covers and i could be totally wrong....But still, pretty sure there were Uigor Chinese on the hill where the Rangers were on Ghar. ------------------------()()---()()>>>>>>>>>>> OK! HERE, in my opinion, is what freaks me and mine the **holy hell out*** when we start getting deep into talking about it at dinner....Its hard 'cause it not quite unlike turning to that weird, Hawaiiin shirt wearing Phillipino from Basilan (Abu Gayyaff or whatever other groups etc) and expensive, stolen sunglasses and realizing, without a doubt, that you are looking at this right-under-your-greasy-phat-stupid nose is that you are looking at what is easily a terrorist (either on the way to his *big big day!**, or if he just in transit). I mean, I couldn't imagine the guys in the intel HUMINT side of the community who literally follow dudes like that into their huts, in an enclosed area sometimes even, and then the asses det it up and its all over. Same in ALMOST all of South America, from I am hearing around here in some of the threads I saw here.
@robgb Who is this "we" you refer to, and how many of ya are there?
Bottom line is sites like this shouldnt exist, no offense but let the work we do remain classified....