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Special Forces Deployed To Manchester As Troops Guard British Streets


United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) troops have been deployed to aid counter terrorism efforts in Manchester, it has been reported. [1]

The Telegraph states that 'Special Forces' had been sent to the city to join the hunt for accomplices of Salman Abedi, the man responsible for the horrific attack at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

The exact nature of UKSF's role in any manhunt has not been disclosed, although their counter-terrorism skills are of no doubt second-to-none. It could be that their expertise in using explosives to force entry into buildings may be called on. The 22nd Special Air Service (22 SAS) reportedly provided exactly this kind of 'explosive entry' assistance to London police during house searches following the 7/7 attacks on 2005.[2]

Like London and several other police services, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have firearms officers trained to Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearms Officer (CTSFO) standard. GMP CTSFOs have carried out a series raids as part of the post-attack police response. Elements of specialist military support have been spotted in pictures of thes raids published in the press and on social media.

Other elements of the military have been deployed in a nation-wide operation that has been initiated when the terror threat level was raised to 'critical' after the Manchester attack. Under the security plan, 'Operation Temperer', nearly 1000 soldiers have been drafted in to guard public spaces.[3] The goal is to free up police officers so they can carry out more armed patrols. The troops deployed will be under the control of civilian police authorities.

An armed police officer and a member of the Parachute Regiment stand guard at the Houses of Parliament, earlier today.

An armed police officer patrols Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

A GMP armoured Land Rover responds to Monday night's terror attack.

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