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‘Special forces’ botched rescue

Issue No. 2294

The British government sent in an elite army force to rescue two hostages in Nigeria last week. The raid ended with the two hostages dead.

This was the second outing—and the second humiliation—for the highly secretive “E‑Squadron”. This unit is jointly made up of the SAS and SBS with close links with MI6.

The unit’s first mission was last March. Six special forces operatives and two MI6 agents travelled to Benghazi in Libya to meet rebel leaders. The so called “diplomatic team” ended up captured by Libyan farmers.

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