SAS Hunt White Widow
The SAS have joined the hunt for the most wanted female fugitive on the planet, the Mirror has reported(1).
Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the 'white widow' is a radicalized British woman who fled the UK after her husband, Jermaine Lindsay, took part in the 7/7 bombings in London, July 2005. In hiding ever since, Lewthwaite is believed to have been behind a grenade attack in a Kenyan Bar in Mombasa, 2012, which killed 3 and injured 25. She is also believed to be a financier for Al-Qaeda and involved in terror training camps located in Somalia.
The Mirror claims that members of D Squadron, 22 SAS - who have been deployed in recent months to Kenya and are working with U.S. and Kenyan special forces on counter terrorism operations in the region - are now on Lewthwaite's trail. They are said to be part of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), a US-led counter terrorism effort aimed at targeting Al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Somalia, Sudan and other African countries. It's been reported elsewhere that SAS/SBS forces have been stationed with the task force in recent times. (2)
The Mirror reports that the SAS are now closing in on Lewthwaite following recent arrests of 4 female jihadists who were believed to be her close associates.
more info / further reading:
- 1. Hunt for the 7/7 White Widow: SAS join search for Samantha Lewthwaite
- 2. RAF could give support in Somalia intervention
(the independent - report from last year which mentions SAS/SBS in CJTF-HOA)