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The SAS is training Libyan troops, it emerged last night.
The elite special forces unit has been passing on its combat expertise to Colonel Gaddafi's soldiers for the last six months.
The move, another sign of the growing relationship between the UK and the oil-rich country, has appalled military veterans who recall how Libya supplied the Provisional IRA with guns and explosives to kill British soldiers.
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Originally posted by desertdreamer
I guess when I was reading it, I was really getting the feeling for how Governments are all about the benjamins....I know that goes without saying, but can you imagine being one of those soldiers and having to do that training? I am not saying anyone should be surprised, I just found it rather shocking I guess.
The first meeting was held in December 1995 in San Antonio at a downtown hotel rather than a military installation. Over the next four years the group experienced successes and failures because of many factors. Of the original topics, airspace sovereignty was dropped at the outset because of Mexican reluctance to discuss such issues with the U.S. military.
In the end the group focused on counternarcotics, owing to Mexican interest in the issue. This underscores a major lesson: Mexico aggressively put sues matters of national interest but only politely entertains others. In an effort to make the relationship work, DOD developed a plan to assist in counternarcotics. The first element was a train-the-trainer program, implemented with counterdrug funding. More than 3,000 soldiers were trained between 1996 and 1999, mostly at Fort Bragg by the 7th Special Forces Group in tactics, techniques, and procedures for Mexico's airmobile special forces groups. This aspect of the program was relatively successful.