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British Special Forces fighting a covert war in Somalia

Published: March 11, 2012
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Source: Daily Star 

British Special Forces are fighting a covert war in Somalia against Islamic militants.Up to 60 commandos are working on the ground with Kenyan forces to target terrorists inside the East African state.The news comes just a week after the Attorney General Dominic Grieve gave the green light for UK Special Forces raids on pirate bases in the east of the country.

Now we can reveal members of the SAS are working to eliminate al- Shabab terrorist leaders after entering Somalia from its western border with Kenya.The Brit forces include two four- strong teams of Forward Air Controllers (FAC). They work by gathering intelligence on al-Shabeb targets inside Somalian territory. Once a target is pinpointed, its position is fed back to fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters or drones.

A missile can then be fired on the target using a laser as a guide.The FAC teams can also relay intelligence back to the Kenyan Air Force, which employs a number of ex-RAF pilots.Last night former chairman of the Commons counter terrorism sub- committee Patrick Mercer said: “Somalia is clearly the site of Britain’s next overseas engagement.

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