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  Iran to prosecute detained British commandos - World - www.theage.com.au
The British embassy in Tehran said it was trying to gain access to the eight troops, and that British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw had discussed the matter by telephone with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharazi.
Iran seized three British naval patrol boats and detained their eight crew yesterday, saying the boats had crossed into the Iranian side of the Shatt al-Arab waterway which forms the southern part of the border between Iran and Iraq.
Southern coastguard chief General Ali Hammadi said the British crew were controlling landing stages used by smugglers on the Iraqi side of the Shatt al-Arab, when their boats drifted on to the Iranian side.
www.theage.com.au /articles/2004/06/22/1087844931695.html?from=storylhs   (620 words)

 UK Soldiers Caught Dressed As Iraqis Killing Local Police
The reports stated two British commando special forces dressed as Iraqis have been cought by the Iraqis after they were found shooting and killing local policemen.
British forces in tanks and helicopters stormed an Iraqi jail tonight to rescue two service personnel who were arrested after allegedly shooting dead a local policeman and wounding another, the governor of Basra said.
British troops had arrived at the police station where the two men were being held and encircled the building.
www.rense.com /general67/cmndo.htm   (458 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | British commandos to spearhead assault on Basra in US battle plan
Commandos, possibly joined by other highly mobile forces, including elements of the 16 Air Assault Brigade now being deployed to Kuwait, will also move in quickly to secure the 1,000 oil wellheads in the Al Faw peninsula, another key objective.
British military commanders argued that if the government wanted to reap the political benefits from the risks, including military ones, of taking part in a ground invasion of Iraq, then its contribution should be substantial, and amount to a real share of the burden.
Senior British military officers are hoping meanwhile for an early implosion of the Iraqi regime, including the collapse of the Republican Guard.
www.guardian.co.uk /Iraq/Story/0,2763,899129,00.html   (1161 words)

 ISN Security Watch - Chaos after British jailbreak in Basra
British troops were patrolling the streets of Basra on Tuesday in a bid to restore calm to the southern Iraqi city, where the arrest of two British commandos by local police has escalated into a dispute between Iraqi authorities and the occupation forces over jurisdiction, leading to violence and tensions.
British Brigadier John Lorimer, commander of the British 12 Mechanized Brigade, said in a statement published on Tuesday that the situation in the port city was now calm.
British forces broke into the perimeter of the police station with armored vehicles, flattening a wall and knocking down several structures.
www.isn.ethz.ch /news/sw/details.cfm?id=12890   (624 words)

 British Army   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The British Army is the land armed forces of the United Kingdom.
The British Army did not exist as separate entity before the Act of Union of 1707 which united England and Scotland but its origins date back to aftermath of the English Civil War.
The British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) was formed to control British in West Germany.
www.freeglossary.com /British_Army   (1469 words)

 British soldiers freed; versions conflict | www.azstarnet.com ®
British armor then encircled the jail where the two Britons were held.
During the chaos, one British soldier could be seen scrambling for his life from a burning Warrior armored personnel carrier and the rock-throwing mob.
A British news agency, reported that three British soldiers were hurt during the violence but said none of their injuries was life-threatening.
www.azstarnet.com /sn/printDS/94042   (558 words)

 Commando - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Additionally, communities and farmsteads provided self-equipped, mounted men whenever a commando was mustered (a form of mobilization similar to the original Texas Rangers.) In the final phase of the Second Boer War, the commandos fought a guerrilla campaign, in which 8,000 Afrikaners occupied the attention of the 450,000-strong British forces.
Italy's Commandos of World War I, the Arditi, were not reformed in World War II, and their most renowned Commandos became the Decima Flottiglia MAS who, from mid-1940, were responsible for the sinking and damage of a considerable tonnage of Allied ships in the Mediterranean.
In Australia, The Independent Commando Companies were disbanded at the end of the War, with two Reserve units, 1 and 2 Commando Companies, being raised in 1954, and the joint regimental structure of the 1st Commando Regiment (1 CDO) being formed in the 1980s.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Commando   (1935 words)

 Agent Provocateurs? UK Soldiers Dressed as Iraqis Killing Local Police   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
According to various sources, several British soldiers were involved in the jailbreak of two other uk soldiers arrested by Iraqi police who were wearing Arab clothing and allegedly fired on police at a checkpoint.
Tensions between British forces and Shi'ites in southern Iraq are at a dangerous and chaotic low after British armoured forces smashed down a jail wall and freed two British undercover soldiers who had been arrested by Iraqi police.
During the chaos, one British soldier could be seen scrambling for his life from a burning Warrior armoured personnel carrier and the rock-throwing mob.
www.infowars.com /articles/iraq/basra_agent_provocateurs.htm   (1983 words)

 british   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
With Germany preparing for the invasion of England and the British Army organizing itself for the defense of the island, Lieutenant Colonel Dudley Clarke has decided not to accept the defeat of the Allied armies sitting down.
After World War II, the British army commandos were disbanded, but the British Royal Marine Commandos were employed in the Korean war and the Suez operation, and the elite Special Air Service has engaged in extensive action against the Irish Republican Army and other nonstate-sponsored commandos.
Commandos today often use special weapons, such as satellite communications, silenced small arms, exotic explosives, and delicate sensors.
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 British Soldiers Free Two From Iraq Jail
In a public humiliation, television cameramen from Arab satellite broadcasters in the Persian Gulf were allowed to photograph the two men, clearly Westerners who were by that time sitting on the floor in the jail in blue jeans and T-shirts, their hands tied behind their backs.
Press Association, the British news agency, reported that three British soldiers were hurt during the violence, but said none of their injuries was life-threatening.
While witnesses and officials said the British raid used "tanks," it was not clear whether the tracked vehicles were Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks or Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles, both in use by British forces in Iraq.
www.military.com /NewsContent/0,13319,77367,00.html?ESRC=eb.nl   (1247 words)

The Rangers adopted the British form of organization, which was shaped by the amphibious landing craft the commandos used on their raids.
The British realized that the commandos were raiders who were not being sent to slug it out in a sustained infantry fight.
The commandos remained lean and mean, the Rangers continued to pile on the stuff to be carried.
www.geocities.com /Pentagon/Quarters/1695/Text/rangers.html   (3345 words)

 Commando Raid - The British Commandos of World War II
Commando Raid - The British Commandos of World War II ©2005-2006 QuikManeuvers.
Loustalot, one of the American Rangers accompanying the 3rd Commando.
commandos), made a large-scale raid to "test" the quality of German defenses and infantry.
www.quikmaneuvers.com /commando_raid.html   (366 words)

 Press Releases: South Asia: Earthquake - Oct 2005, Pakistan: British commandos to help build shelters in quake-hit ...
British Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram has said a specialist party of Commando Engineers will provide vital and timely support to thousands of homeless families in quake-devastated district Bagh.
British Commandos are to help those made homeless by the earthquake to rebuild their homes for winter, said the Defence Ministry sources.
He said the troops of 59 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers supported by 42 Commando Royal Marines will be away from their families this Christmas, lending a helping hand to those in desperate need before the onset of a freezing winter in Bagh.
www.reliefweb.int /rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/VBOL-6JPJSD?OpenDocument   (360 words)

 British Marines Secure Iraq's Main Oil Pipeline
Royal Marine commandos opened their ground war on Iraq before dawn with an airborne and amphibious assault on the coast, around the Faw peninsula, landing by helicopter from land and sea to secure Iraq's main oil pipeline terminals.
A British television cameraman who was allowed to fly in and back out again on one of the troop-carrying Chinooks said he had seen the marines in control of a road.
Reports on the British flagship's public address system said the first marine companies had succeeded in securing their three main targets - an oil metering station and two pipeline outlets that account for virtually all of Iraq's exports of oil by sea.
www.rense.com /general35/britishmarinessecure.htm   (571 words)

 TheHistoryNet | World War II | Raid on St. Nazaire: Operation Chariot During World War II   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
British Commandos had already distinguished themselves in similar raids from Africa to Norway's Lofoten Islands.
While most of the commandos' early raids were successful and all had caused the Axis casualties, embarrassment and anxiety, St. Nazaire would be a much tougher proposition than anything they had previously attempted.
Some of the commandos were to travel on a fleet of 15 motor launches (MLs), 112-foot-long unarmored mahogany boats carrying terribly vulnerable auxiliary gas tanks on deck and packing only a dual-mount Oerlikon 20mm cannon and a pair of World War I-vintage Lewis machine guns.
historynet.com /wwii/blgreatestraidofall   (1184 words)

 Units & Organizations: British, Canadian, Polish   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The landing at Salerno was considered an American operation, however it included the British 10th Corps with support from Colonel Darby's 1st, 3rd and 4th Ranger Battalions and the 2nd and 41st British Commandos.
Unlike the US divisions, the British Reigment was identified only by its name-- not a number-- and the battalions of a regiment did not serve in the same division.
The British plan was to capture this port and advance north and then turn west to cross the mountains behind the German defenses at Cassino.
members.aol.com /Custermen85/Units/BritishOrg.htm   (2095 words)

 TheHistoryNet | World War II | Royal Navy Commandos in World War II
The Royal Navy Commandos had one of the most important and dangerous tasks of the war: They were the first onto invasion beaches and the last to leave.
Apart from spearheading the landings on invasion beaches, the commandos had the task of establishing communications (their signalers were organized into separate Royal Navy Beach Signals sections) and controlling the landing craft of an invasion force.
As a precursor to Operation Husky, as the Sicily invasion was known, Royal Navy Commando D led the way during the operation to seize the island of Pantelleria in June 1943.
www.historynet.com /wwii/blforgottencommandos   (1152 words)

 Xinhua - English
BAGHDAD, Sept. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Iraqi police detained two British soldiers in civilian clothes in the southern city Basra for firing on a police station on Monday, police said.
The British forces informed the Iraqi authorities that the two soldiers were performing an official duty, the source said.
British military authorities said they could not confirm the incident but investigations were underway.
news.xinhuanet.com /english/2005-09/19/content_3514065.htm   (192 words)

 Air Commando
Their answer was a commando unit that would use unconventional "hit and run" tactics to confuse the enemy, and destroy their lines of communication and resupply.
The 1st Air Commando Group, as it came to be known, was a self-contained composite force of fighters, cargo planes, light aircraft, helicopters and support people.
Air Commandos like Aderholt operated in wars at locations worldwide, but it was in the Vietnam War that commandos made some of their greatest contributions.
www.af.mil /news/airman/0397/comando.htm   (1827 words)

 II. British Task Force, Spitsbergen Operation: Ch. 3. Commando Operations | British Commandos, WWII Military ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The commander of the Canadian Corps in Great Britain said he believed the expedition would be worth while even if the only result should be to divert a sizable force of bombers from their regular missions, where they would do far greater harm.
Signal Operations.—Two phases of signal operations contributed a great deal to the security of the expedition: the maintenance of radio silence by the naval units during the voyage, and the transmission of deceptive weather reports from Spitsbergen as a means of discouraging aerial reconnaissance by German air units.
Although this raid was not carried out by commando troops proper, it is included in this bulletin because the mixed task force received typical commando training for a combined amphibious operation.
www.lonesentry.com /manuals/commandos/spitsbergen.html   (3336 words)

 The Command Post - Iraq - UK commandos who eluded Iraq capture said part of secret mission
One of the patrols of about 10 SBS commandos spotted a suspected Iraqi reconnaissance patrol, but did not open fire because of doubts over whether it was an Iraqi Army unit or Kurdish soldiers.
The commandos were forced to abandon their vehicles and head off across rough terrain into the hills.
The commandos’ story bears a strong resemblance to the escape of Chris Ryan, the SAS trooper in the ill-fated Bravo Two Zero patrol during the 1991 Gulf War.
www.command-post.org /archives/006487.html   (720 words)

 Brits Join The Battle, British Commandos Join New Hunt For Taliban And Al Qaeda - CBS News
British troops have launched their first major combat operation of the Afghan conflict, joining U.S. and Afghan soldiers searching for al Qaeda fighters and Taliban fighters in the snow-capped peaks of southeastern Afghanistan, coalition officials said Tuesday.
Members of the elite 45 Commando Royal Marines were sent into the area several days ago but their presence there was not made public until Tuesday.
Brigadier General Roger Lane, commander of the British Marines in Afghanistan, said it was clear there was much work for his men to do.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2002/04/17/terror/printable506379.shtml   (1308 words)

 Battlefront - Producers of fine metal and resin miniatures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Commandos conducted many small raids against the French and Norwegian coasts, but their most successful action was Operation Chariot by No.2 Commando, which wrecked the dry dock at St Nazaire, forcing the giant battleship Tirpitz to return to Germany for repairs.
The Commandos further distinguished themselves at Dieppe in August 1942, where No. 3 and No. 4 Commandos were the only units to successfully complete their assignments, despite initial setbacks.
The Commandos continued raiding and made numerous landings in the Mediterranean throughout 1944 and 1945, contributing greatly to the Allied victory.
www.battlefront.co.nz /Article.asp?ArticleID=832   (883 words)

 CNN.com - Britain's Blair warns of long struggle - October 28, 2001
Farther north, in a village controlled by the opposition Northern Alliance, a stray U.S. bomb left one woman dead and one of her children injured, the woman's cousin told CNN on Sunday.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair called on his people Sunday to show their "moral fiber" by holding firm in the fight against terrorism.
The war in Afghanistan would not be quick, easy or painless, government officials in London stressed as they prepared the nation for British ground forces in the U.S.-led campaign.
archives.cnn.com /2001/US/10/28/ret.retaliation.facts   (663 words)

 USATODAY.com - Commandos storm British Embassy to capture armed man demanding asylum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police commandos stormed the British Embassy late Thursday and captured a Palestinian gunman who had scaled the fence and demanded political asylum.
The gunman, who had burst into the embassy several hours earlier, was disarmed, said the police officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk to the media.
Israeli police said they were operating inside the compound in full cooperation with British authorities.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2006-08-31-british-embassy_x.htm?csp=34   (538 words)

 deseretnews.com | Did tanks or talks free jailed Britons?
BASRA, Iraq — British armored vehicles broke down the walls of the central jail in this southern city Monday and freed two British soldiers, allegedly undercover commandos arrested for shooting two Iraqi policemen, witnesses said.
A British soldier makes his way out of a burning Warrior fighting vehicle in Basra, Iraq, Monday during clashes with demonstrators.
The different versions of events came on a chaotic day that raised questions about how much sovereignty Iraqi authorities really were granted when the U.S.-led Coalition Provision Authority handed over power to an interim Iraqi government in the summer of 2004.
deseretnews.com /dn/view/0,1249,610152370,00.html   (1089 words)

 rediff.com US edition: British marine commandos fly in to Afghan air base   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
British marine commandos fly in to Afghan air base
In the first British ground mission to Afghanistan since the US-led strikes began on October 7, more than 40 royal marine commandos flew in from the Gulf to join forces guarding the Bagram airbase near Kabul, The Times reported.
They are taking over the role of guarding the airfield from marine special forces of the elite Special Boat Service, who will now be given a different role more appropriate to their training, according to The Times.
www.rediff.com /us/2001/nov/28ny.htm   (178 words)

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