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A soldier from the Special Air Service (SAS) was sadly reportedly killed in action in Iraq.

The MOD has, as usual, been reluctant to give any details of the incident but it is believed that SAS man was engaged in a gun battle in Baghdad. Some reports inidicate that the SAS operation was part of a larger US-led mission to kill or capture a terrorist leader.

The sad news is a reminder that, whilst British forces have drawn down in the south, elements of UKSF continue to be at the sharp end of operations throughout the country. It is believed that an SAS sabre squadron is deployed to Baghdad as Task Force Black, part of a joint task force along with US tier one special operations forces and supported by units that include 7 Squadron, RAF and the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG). There have also been reports of a further SAS squadron deployed to the area along the Iraqi-Iran border as part of efforts to prevent the insurgency smuggling men and materials into the country.

Further reading:
SAS man killed in Baghdad gunfight as Des Browne delays decision on troop levels
(The Times)
(The Sun)

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