posted on May, 20 2008 @ 12:16 PM
Lets have a look at UK special forces in Iraq.
SAS, SBS, Special Forces Support Group, Special Reconnaisance Regiment, Brigade level Reconnaisance teams (i.e. Path Finders from the parachute
Regiment ect.) 18th Special Forces sigint / elint Regiment...
As you can see thats alot of boots on the ground.
What are they doing ?
SRR is the eyes on the ground, the sniffers and feelers for any future operations. Specialise in close target reconnaisance for any fututre actions by
the SAS / SBS who are seen as the 'doers'. So SRR are int. gatherers.
They would of had eyes on the targetted area for days / weeks in preperation.
SAS / SBS.
They take the SRR int and plan their operations on who and what to target, depending on what the squadron aims and area of operations is.
Special Forces Support Group.
Carry out diversionary raids and other activities to help and assist where possible the SAS / SBS. In operation Barras they carried out a raid to
divert attention from the SAS raid to free the UK soldiers taken hostage.
Brigade Level Recon teams.
Not special forces as is recognised by many, but still highly skilled operators who are often used when brigade have a need for time critical int that
cannot be gleaned from SRR operators. Used extensively in Iraq due to their above average training and operational skill sets.
Pathfinders from the Parachute Regiment have been used extensively on long range long endurance operations in Afghanistan even when the Paras as
awhole have not been in theatre. Many go on to serve with the SAS.
Training described as 'P company on steroids'.
18th Special Forces Sig / elint teams.
Special forces communications and also a newer ability to use special unmanned aircraft in sig int role within the Iraq theatre. Mobile phones are
used heavily by the insurgents and are targgeted as such.
Whats going on in Iraq ? a bloody hard and dangerous war of attrition against a highly skilled and motivated enemy.