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Highly-trained and immensely skilled, the SAS are widely regarded as one of the best Special Forces units in the world. Their missions are uniquely diverse:counter-terrorist responses at home and abroad; deep penetration for reconnaissance and guiding air strikes; training and supporting indigenous forces; counter-insurgency in collaboration with U.S. Delta Force, SEAL Team Six, and other foreign Special Forces; mobile operations in support of conventional forces; targeting terrorist leaders and manhunting war criminals, to "direct action" raids.

This book charts the changing organization and operational emphases of the regiment over the past twenty-five years, as well as its individual deployments and operations, including those planned but aborted and joint missions with other British and foreign units. It sheds light on the SAS's involvement in the Troubles of Northern Ireland, their operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the widespread use of the SAS in counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations since 9/11.

Table of Contents

Introduction: formation; brief overview of ops from WW II to Falklands War 1982 /The Embassy Effect – worldwide interest since Iranian Embassy counter-terrorist op in 1980 – foreign training ops /Op 'Banner' – the SAS in Northern Ireland /Op 'Granby' 1990-91 – the SAS in the First Gulf War /The 1990s – the Balkans, and Sierra Leone /Op 'Veritas' 2001 – frustrating first ops in Afghanistan /Op 'Row' 2003 – Task Force 14 in Iraq /Op 'Telic' 2003–2009 – Task Force Black & TF Knight in Iraq - joint ops with US SF /Op 'Herrick 2006–2014 – Task Force 84 in Afghanistan /Weapons, Equipment & Vehicles /Special Forces Support Group /Commonwealth SAS - Australia & New Zealand

Product details

Published Dec 20 2016
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781472814036
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour photographs and artwork throughout
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 211
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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