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British special forces deployed to 19 countries since 2011 – Report

RT | May 23, 2023

The UK has sent its special forces to 19 countries since 2011, according to a report by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). These British operatives trained foreign militants, carried out assassinations, and reportedly fought alongside child soldiers.

In a report published on Tuesday, AOAV stated that British operatives have been deployed to fight or surveil hostile forces in Algeria, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Somalia, the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and Oman, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen.

Some of these deployments were into locations in which British troops were already fighting, as was the case in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, UK Special Forces (UKSF) continued their operations in both countries long after regular forces withdrew. In Afghanistan, hundreds of civilian deaths were attributed to night raids by British and American special forces between 2009 and 2012.

While parliament authorized military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, UKSF have deployed to other active conflict zones without the assent of lawmakers. Three days before parliament voted against a deployment to Syria in 2013, UKSF and MI6 operatives were on the ground targeting Syrian air defense installations and calling in American airstrikes, the report stated. Within months, they were training anti-government militants while assassinating Islamic State fighters.

In Yemen, UKSF operatives conducted raids on Al Qaeda-linked militants, but, in some cases, fought alongside jihadists who had been recruited by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to attack Houthi rebels. Up to 40% of these jihadi forces, AOAV noted, were child soldiers.

Training missions and hostage rescue operations made up most of the rest of the deployments, while the UKSF operation in Russia focused on providing security for British athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Recently leaked Pentagon documents suggest that the UK has deployed 50 special forces personnel to Ukraine since Russia launched its military operation last February. Prior to the leak, multiple media outlets reported the presence of British and American special forces in Ukraine, while one general told The Times last year that as many as 300 British commandos were conducting “discrete operations” alongside Kiev’s forces.

“The extensive deployment of Britain’s Special Forces in numerous countries over the past decade raises serious concerns about transparency and democratic oversight,” said AOAV Director Iain Overton. “The lack of parliamentary approval and retrospective reviews for these missions is deeply troubling.”

May 23, 2023 - Posted by | Militarism | , , ,


  1. Agreed; their interventions not being approved by Parliament are not only undemocratic but therefore a waste of tax-payers’ money and also therefore illegal. On top of that they have been killing and injuring people who may not have posed any threat to the UK. As a consequence, surviving colleagues and families could potentially become a threat by retribution. Finally, such illegal, lethal interference in foreign states demotes British standing, which can lead to wider consequences in diplomacy, trade, justice and conflict. The question is; Why is this covert aggression being permitted? A possible answer in Middle Eastern conflicts is in the Zionist plan ‘A Clean Break. A New Strategy for Securing the Realm’ which sought to de-stabilize surrounding Muslim states. The Israeli lobbies in the USA and UK have used our resources rather than their own to carry out the strategy, as in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and elsewhere.


    Comment by jbthring | May 27, 2023 | Reply

  2. Slithering like snakes in the grass, British Special Forces are secretly inserted into nations to counter the policies of targeted governments in power. British General Sir Frank Kitson modeled his low-intensity counter-insurgencies on the principle of “gang vs counter-gang.” The best example of this is Kitson’s “Mau Mau” counter-gang he used in Kenya to counter the Mau Mau uprising in 1954. British and US Special Branches have always operated outside national and international law. The Black Ops they perform are therefore illegal and secretly funded.
    And therein lies the secreted International Assassinations Bureau. The same International Assassination Bureau that tried many times to kill President Charles DeGaulle. It is the same one that assassinated President John Kennedy in Dallas. It functions as the “go-to” agency for the Anglo-American oligarchy. Whenever the oligarchy needs to eliminate a major obstacle to their objectives they preemptively strike. It is the most likely reason Biden refused to release all the findings behind JFK’s assassination. Releasing them now would fracture the “Special Relationship” that is needed to keep the war in Ukraine on track.


    Comment by Thomas Lee Simpson | May 29, 2023 | Reply

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