Special Air Service Operations
This section features some notable special operations of the SAS.
1980 - The Iranian Embassy Siege
The SAS's most public operation - one which set the standard in counter-terrorism.
1981 - The Gambia - Hostage Rescue
A small team of SAS men are flown into Africa to rescue hostages and reverse a coup.
1982 - The Falklands - Raid On Pebble Island
In the first land attack of the war, D Squadron raid an Argentine airfield.
1987 - Northern Ireland - Ambush At Loughgall
In a controversial ambush, the SAS intercept an IRA active service unit as they attack a Police Station.
1987 - Peterhead Prison Siege
The SAS deploy to the scene of a Scottish Prison riot and end it with non-lethal but brutal force.
1988 - Operation Flavius - Gibraltar
A controversial SAS operation against an IRA active service unit on the Rock Of Gibraltar.
1991 - Victor Two
Echoing their World War 2 beginnings, the SAS take to the Iraqi desert to raid an Iraqi communications center.
1997 - Counter Sniper Ops - Northern Ireland
A joint SAS/14 Company operation against an IRA sniper unit in South Armagh.
1997 - Operation Tango - Bosnia
The SAS operation to arrest 2 suspected war criminals.
1998 - Operation Ensue - Serbia
The SAS capture a Serb war criminal from his hideout in Serbia.
2000 - Operation Barras - Sierra Leone
When British soldiers are held hostange, the SAS lead a daring rescue mission into the heart of the African jungle.
2001 - Operation Trent - Afghanistan
A 2-squadron strike against a Taliban base in the Aghanistan mountains.
2005 - Operation Marlborough - Baghdad
An SAS sniper mission against insurgents in the middle of the Iraqi capital.
2005 - Basra Rescue
The SAS rescue 2 of their own held captive in Basra
2006 - Hostage Rescue - Baghdad
A multi-national operation, led by the SAS, rescues 3 western peace activists held captive by Iraqi kidnappers.
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