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Revealed:The SAS secret mission to kill in Iraq BEFORE MPs voted to invade
Daily Mail ^ | 17:05 EST, 23 February 2013| UPDATED:18:59 EST, 23 February 2013 | Mark Nicol

Posted on 02/23/2013 5:34:34 PM PST by Pan_Yan

The SAS were already fighting in Iraq on the eve of the Commons vote

Soldiers were there to prevent a chemical weapons attack on Israel

The SAS were involved in fierce fighting inside Iraq the day before the crucial Commons vote in 2003 that approved military action against Saddam Hussein’s regime, The Mail on Sunday can reveal today.

As the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War approaches, we have uncovered a trove of documents about the secret mission, including accounts of senior Special Forces personnel.

Told here for the first time, this is the story of Operation Row, one of the most controversial missions in SAS history.

To preserve the anonymity of surviving SAS soldiers, their names have been changed.

At a classified location in the Arabian Gulf, a thunder of rotor blades shatters the silence of the desert night.

Squads of heavily armed Special Air Service soldiers, their faces shrouded by scarves, sprint through a sandstorm whipped up by the waiting fleet of helicopters.

Their boots clatter against the metal tailgates as the hand-picked men from the SAS’s D Squadron scramble inside the six Chinook CH-47 transporters and strap themselves into seats that fold down from the helicopters’ walls.

Seconds remain before the launch of their top-secret mission. Late on the night of March 17, 2003, and 24 hours before MPs are due to vote on the Iraq War, these soldiers are under orders to infiltrate the country and deliver a stunning blow to Saddam Hussein’s most elite troops.

The SAS’s destination is Al Qa’im, a town where, according to intelligence reports, Saddam Hussein’s forces are poised to fire chemical weapons towards Israel.

The SAS’s mission is to prevent an attack on the Jewish state.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; sas; uk

1 posted on 02/23/2013 5:34:46 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Well, this is obviously fiction. We know this ‘cause Bush just made it all up.

2 posted on 02/23/2013 5:39:55 PM PST by OKSooner (Godspeed, 3-D Danny.)
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To: SJackson
This might interest you.
3 posted on 02/23/2013 5:53:11 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: OKSooner

Obviously as you say, the clue is we know Iraq didn’t have chemical weapons...

4 posted on 02/23/2013 8:19:28 PM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Pan_Yan

I dont know why this is such shock-horror-gasp news. Special forces the world over do this kind of thing all the time. That’s why they are called “special”.

5 posted on 02/25/2013 2:59:00 AM PST by Vanders9
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