posted on Sep, 29 2010 @ 09:54 AM
reply to post by INQUISITION11
I did say “in full” so it will be a large post but I will try and leave out any superfluous information.
As part of an MI6 (SIS - I’ll call them MI6 to avoid confusion) agent-running operation, several SAS men were drafted in to act as escorts for MI6
operatives meeting sources. The SAS presence was designated Operation Hathor. As time went on this detachment increased in size, they began to advance
from their baby-sitting role and used intelligence gathered from their MI6 colleagues to launch raids. The Operation Hathor detachment would
eventually grow into “Task Force Spartan” but that occurred after the incident.
Intelligence found that the local police force, based at the Jamiat police station, was corrupt and militia-infiltrated beyond belief. They were
carrying out assassinations and kidnappings as well as other activities that you wouldn’t expect from an effective policing unit. The first thought
was to storm the police station and lift the head of the police force, Captain Jafar. This was deemed too risky and extremely politically sensitive,
so instead it was decided that they would trail Jafar, map out his normal movements and lift him somewhere quiet and out of the way.
There were 2 cars involved in the undercover operation and it was eventually decided that they had enough information to capture Jafar in the way that
they intended. However, one car had aroused suspicion and on their way back they were stopped at a checkpoint. A policeman opened the car door and
tried to pull the driver out, who killed him and injured several others at the checkpoint before speeding away. Their car was locally bought and as
terrible as it looked and they eventually decided that they couldn’t escape the police in pursuit, so they lay down their weapons and were captured
and beaten up etc.
Fortunately unbeknownst to the police, the other car was involved in the chase and was able to trail the captured soldiers back to the Jamiat police
station before returning to Basra palace with the bad news. A cordon of soldiers from the Staffordshire Regiment was formed around the general area
(it was these soldiers who were seen on fire in media reports) and a predator drone was dispatched by JSOC but it would take several hours to arrive.
A Sea King helicopter was eventually on the scene and saw people being moved into the police station with RPGs and other such gear; basically they
were preparing for an attack.
It is assumed that the police and militia elements eventually decided that they were out of their depth, and they moved the soldiers to a house on the
outskirts of town. A scuffle outside the station caught the eye of an observer on the Sea King, which followed the captives to the house. There was
concern that the soldiers were being handed over to a militia group for execution and the (unauthorised) decision was made to storm that house. A
noisy and excessively violent assault spearheaded by Challenger 2s and Warriors was made on the Jamiat station itself, but this was mainly a diversion
to misdirect media attention. The SAS assault on the house with the captives inside found that they were alone in a locked room. There are many
theories as to why the militia decided to leave them alone but they made the right decision none the less. I hope that this was a enlightening and
enjoyable read for you.