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TASK FORCE BLACK
Following the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, 2003 it has been reported that an SAS Squadron has been assigned to a joint US/UK group of Special Operations units operating in the country, known previously as Task Force 145 (TF-145).
Now reportedly renamed to TF-88, this cream of Western Special Operators consists of several elements:
Elements of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), US 24th Special Tactics Squadron, aircraft from the UK's 7 and 47 RAF Squadrons, along with a RAF Puma flight, provide specialised air support for TF-88. American military intelligence operatives alongside the UK's Joint Support Group, elements of MI6 and the SRR are believed to be attached to the Task Force to provide intelligence support. 18 UKSF Signals and their US equivalents (Task Force Orange) provide signals intelligence (SIGINT) capabilties to the task force.
The primary role of TF-88 is to hunt down senior members of Al-Qaeda operating in Iraq. To this end, the Task Force has had several successes including the killing of Al-Zarqawi. In response to a spate of kidnappings involving Westerners, TF-88's remit expanded to include countering this threat.
TF-Black is based in headquarters known as 'the Station', within Baghdad's green zone.
**update ** it is believed that the SAS is no longer operating in Iraq has been redeployed to Afghanistan.
Task Force Black Operations
As with its other commitments such as counter-terrorism and training, the SAS rotates a squadron into Task Force Black on a 6-monthly basis.
SAS TASK FORCE BLACK RESOURCES:
+ The Men in the Shadows -- Hunting al-Zarqawi
(ABC news online report on TF-145)
+ Secret war of the SAS
(Times online report on TF Black ops in Iraq)
+ SAS kill hundreds of terrorists in 'secret war' against al-Qaeda in Iraq
(Telegraph report on TF Black success in Iraq)
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