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14.12.2014 - 2 PARA To Head For Iraq

2 companies from 2 PARA will deploy to Iraq in the new year to protect a British Army training mission...

more info: 2 PARA To Deploy To Iraq in 2015

08.12.2014 - MST Shoots Out Smuggler Boat's Egnines

A Royal Marines Maritime Sniper Team (MST) aboard a Lynx helicopter has intercepted a smuggler's speed boat by shooting its engine...

more info: Navy Snipers Shoot Out Drug Boat's Engines
(sky news)

08.12.2014 - UKSF Supported Somers Rescue

British Special Forces, operating as part of a coalition joint special operations task force based in Djibouti, provided intelligence for the attempted rescue of hostage, Luke Somers in Yemen ...

more info: How SAS took part in failed bid to rescue doomed hostage
(the express)

01.12.2014 - SBS Hero Inquest

The inquest into the death of Capt Richard Holloway, a Special Boat Service commando, who was killed in combat in Afghanistan last year, has opened...

more info: Special Forces soldier died in perilous raid on Taliban haven
(the telegraph)

24.11.2014 - SAS Quad Bikes Target IS

The SAS have been targeting IS in Iraq with a series of quad bike raids...

more info: SAS Quad Bikes Target IS

28.10.2014 - SAS Call In Air Strikes At Kobane

Special Air Service Forward Air Controllers have been in action at the besiged Syrian border town of Kobane...

more info: SAS Call In Air Strikes At Kobane

27.10.2014 - UKSF To Continue Afghanistan Operations

Britain's war in Afghainstan has ended but UKSF will continue to operate in the country...

more info: UKSF War Continues In Afghanistan

13.10.2014 - SAS Snipers In Action In Iraq

A British SAS sniper team has neutralised an IS convoy in Iraq, it has been reported...

more info: SAS Snipers In Action In Iraq

08.10.2014 - Andy McNab On Hostage Rescue

07.10.2014 - PM Presses For UKSF Action Against IS

David Cameron has been pushing for British Special Forces action against IS kidnappers, including 'Jihadi John'...

more info: PM Presses For UKSF Action

01.10.2014 - SAS 'Observers' Deploy To Iraq Front Lines

British Special Air Service troops in Iraq have deployed to the front line in support of Kurdish fighters...

more info: SAS Deploy To Iraq Front Line

03.09.2014 - UKSF Rescue Bid Being Considered

The government is considering a mission by British Special Forces to rescue a UK man held by IS extremists...

more info: UKSF Rescue Bid Considered

25.08.2014 - UKSF / JSOC To Team Up In Middle East

British and American special operations forces are to team up to take on IS terrorists in Iraq and Syria...

more info: UKSF / JSOC To Team Up In Middle East

19.08.2014 - More UKSF To Deploy To Iraq

Around 150 more British special forces are to be deployed into Iraq, it has revealed...

more info: More UKSF To Deploy To Iraq

13.08.2014 - UKSF Deploy To Northern Iraq

British Special Forces have been deployed to northern Iraq on humanitarian operations, it has been reported...

more info: UKSF To Deploy To Northern Iraq

14.07.2014 - Special Forces to Benefit From Defence Spending Boost

The ability of Britain's Special Forces to carry out operations overseas will be increased as the result of a planned defence spending boost...

more info: UKSF To Beneefit From Defence Spending Boost

14.07.2014 - Crashed Special Forces Lynx Not Shot Down

An interim report finds that the 657 Squadron AAC Lynx that crashed in Afghanistan in April was not brought downh by enemy fire...

more info: Crashed SF Lynx Not Shot Down

02.07.2014 - SAS To Get Toyotas

The Special Air Service is to take delivery of 60 Toyota Hilux 4x4 vehicles...

more info: SAS To Get Toyotas

16.06.2014 - SAS To Return To Iraq?

The UK may send British Special Forces into Iraq in reponse to the current crisis there...

more info: SAS To Deploy To Iraq?

11.06.2014 - Pathfinder Platoon Photos

Link to an outstanding gallery of photos featuring 16 Air Assault BRF / Pathfinder Platoon

more info: Pathfinder Platoon Gallery

19.05.2014 - UKSF Tip Off Led To Kenya Evacuation

Intel from British Special Forces operating in Kenya led to the evacuation of over 500 citizens ahead of a deadly terror attack in the capital.

more info: UKSF Intel Led To Kenya Evacuation

12.05.2014 - Women To Join The SAS / SBS?

A MOD review into women's combat role may open the door for women to join the SAS and SBS...

more info: Women To Join SAS / SBS?

09.05.2014 - SAS To End Use Of Land Rovers

The Special Air Service is set to end its use of Land Rover vehicles...

more info: SAS To End Use Of Land Rovers

08.05.2014 - UKSF Joint Hunt For Nigerian Hostages

A small SAS team has joined the hunt for over 250 kindapped Nigerian schoolgirls...

more info: UKSF Join Hunt For Nigerian Hostages

28.04.2014 - Crashed Lynx Was From Special Forces Squadron

The Lynx AH9A helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan, killing all 5 onboard, was operated by the elite 657 Squadron, Army Air Corps and Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing...

more info: Crashed Lynx Was From Special Forces Squadron

16.04.2014 - JSG To Downsize

The Joint Support Group - an elite Intelligence Corps unit - will be downsized to half of it's current strength...

more info: Joint Support Group To Downsize

15.04.2014 - UKSF Gets New Director

The SAS officer who commended Operation Barras is the new Director Special Forces (DSF)...

more info: Commander of SAS raid is new supremo of Britain's special forces
(the Mirror)

07.04.2014 - SBS Dry Dock Spotted

The Royal Navy submarine HMS Astute has been spotted in Gibraltar fitted with a special forces payload bay used to deliver SBS divers and minisubs...

more info: SBS Dry Dock

24.02.2014 - UKSF Selection 'Softened'

The selection process for the SAS and SBS has been 'softened' under new health and safety rules brought in following the deaths of 3 soldiers last summer...

more info: UKSF Selection 'Softened'

09.03.2014 - Women Can Join The Paras

Women can now apply to join the Parachute Regiment...

more info: Paras to allow women to join for first time since Second World War
(the Mirror)

17.02.2014 - UKSF & JSOC To Join Forces

British and American special operations forces (SOF) are to work more closely together in joint missions against terror targets...

more info: UKSF / JSOC To Join Forces

10.02.2014 - UKSF Raid Revealed

The Times has revealed details of the aborted UKSF raid in which a SBS commando was killed, another wounded and a military working dog captured...

more info: UKSF Raid Revealed

06.02.2014 - 'SAS Dog' Captured By The Taliban

A British military working, thought to have bee working for the SAS, has been captured by the Taliban...

more info: 'SAS Dog' Captured By Taliban

04.02.2014 - Hague Clarifies SAS Impact On Temple Massacre

The Foreign Secretary has reported to MPs that advice from the SAS had a limited access on the 1984 operation by the Indian military at the Golden Temple at Amritsar...

more info: SAS Impact At Golden Temple Raid Clarified

03.02.2014 - Commando Merlins To Get Upgrades

Merlin helicopters earmarked for the Commando Helicopter Force will receive £330 million in upgrades...

more info: Commando Merlins To Be Upgraded

20.01.2014 - SAS To Protect British Olympic Athletes

Troops from the SAS will be on hand to protect team GB athletes at the Winter Olympics in Russia next month...

more info: SAS To Protect team GB

16.01.2014 - Cameron Plays Down SAS Role In Golden Temple assault

The Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that there was no involvement by British special forces in the 1984 India's 1984 Amritsar Golden Temple assault. Recently declassified documents revealed that Margaret Thatcher approved the sending of an SAS officer to advise the Indian government. Cameron has ordered an official enquiry into wether Britain did indeed assist in any way with the brutal crackdown against Sikh militants within the Golden Temple complex.

more info: The Daily Star

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