This is not a brand new case. In fact it is around 20 years old and concerns an alien encounter by British SAS troops close to the Irish border in
South Armagh, Northern Ireland. Information available on the internet seems to amount to almost nothing. However since stumbling across this story
about 6 months ago I have remained intrigued by it as encounters with aliens are something very rarely reported in Britain. So I hope this interests a
The MOD archive releases over the past few years do not seem to have even acknowledged the story. Although I could be wrong on that one and am willing
to be corrected if anyone else knows any more.
However I have finally tracked down the newspaper clipping (shown above) that appeared in the People newspaper in 1997.
It reads as follows:
Source : The People (UK newspaper), July 13, 1997 page 29 By Joe Brady
SAS In Alien Riddle Troops saw "four little grey men" walk into ambush - then vanish
SAS soldiers waiting to ambush IRA gunmen were stunned when aliens
walked in front of their gun-sights, it was claimed yesterday.
The undercover troops - hiding near an arms cache on a hillside in
South Armagh - say they saw up to four small grey figures.
The "aliens" and soldiers stared at each other for a minute. Then the
"spacemen" disappeared - and seconds later the eight SAS troops saw a
flash in the sky.
They were so disturbed by what they had seen that they took the rare
decision to abandon the stake-out.
Their commander was furious - and their comrades in the elite Special
Air Service Regiment laughed or accused them of being high on drugs.
But the eight stuck to their story and it was accepted. Now, four years
later, it has been revealed to a Ulster UFO study group by a former
Army intelligence officer.
Belfast-based expert Hugh O'Brien said: "We are trying to interview the
soldiers even though some may be too embarrassed to come forward.
"We have learned that on that morning they were convinced they saw
three, perhaps four, small grey figures in human form.
"At no stage did the soldiers feel threatened. They simply could not
believe what they were seeing.
"The alien forms made no move towards them but judging from what the
soldiers told their regimental priest and commanding officer, the
aliens knew the soldiers were there. It was like a stand-off. Within a
few minutes, probably much less, the aliens disappeared.
"All the men can recall is that in a very quick space of time they saw
a brief flash of light in the sky."
Mr O'Brien added: "These men were fit, highly-trained observers and to
put it down to some flight of imagination would be absurd."
The weapons cache was recovered by other soldiers.
My original source for the story came from a small piece in Flying Saucer Review Vol 42 No.3. First published in 1997 but the story appears to have
taken place in 1993.
Here’s the clipping from Flying Saucer Review.
Sadly the CNI trail also ran cold a long time ago.
There is no clue as to who the Intelligence Officer within the British Army who leaked the story was. The date of the encounter and the unit involved
are unknown. Nor does it seem has any further information come to light since the late 1990s.
To put things in historical context, South Armagh was an area of Northern Ireland seen as hostile territory by the British Security forces and dubbed
as “bandit country”. A republican stronghold where hundreds of lives were lost as a result of the troubles in the province. In 1993 there were a
number of IRA bombings notably in Warrington and the City of London on the UK mainland and the Shankhill Road bombing in Belfast. So it is without
doubt that British forces would be operational in the area and that many of these operations will remain secret for a long time.
With such sparse information it’s difficult to decide whether the story has any validity.
There are a number of possibilities.
#The story is totally bogus and/or was there to fill white space in the silly season (it was printed around the same time as the 50th
anniversary of the Roswell event).
#The story is disinformation to fool the public. The British Army and MoD managed to cover up an embarrassing incident involving a number of SAS
troops with a prepared cover story.
#A bizarre encounter really did occur with unidentified beings and a tight clampdown was put in place to conceal the truth.
If the SAS troops really did encounter alien beings in hostile territory then it throws up a number of odd questions as to why they were there. Were
they searching for something or had they landed in the wrong place?
If the whole episode was a cover story for something else then why was this leaked 4 years after the event?
Face to face close encounters with alien beings involving our military are almost unheard of in the UK which makes this story almost unique.
Unless other information comes forward on the case though it remains just another bizarre alien encounter to which we have no real answers.