British SAS coming out of retirement to join the fight against ISIS


The Special Air Service (SAS) is the special forces unit of the British Army. The SAS was founded in 1941 as a regiment, and later reconstituted as a corps in 1950. This special forces unit undertakes a number of roles including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action, hostage rescue and human intelligence gathering.
The Special Air Service (SAS) is the special forces unit of the British Army. The SAS was founded in 1941 as a regiment, and later reconstituted as a corps in 1950. This special forces unit undertakes a number of roles including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action, hostage rescue and human intelligence gathering.

The British Army’s Special Air Service wants to take the fight to ISIS.

Dozens of SAS veterans have re-enlisted because of the direct threats being made against the UK by the terrorist organization.

According to the Mirror, around 30 troops have rejoined, out of about 60 who contacted the regiment’s headquarters in recent weeks. Many have been reportedly been told to “standby.”  These “battle-hardened veterans” have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and on many top secret missions.

Since the Paris attacks, the regiment has been on high alert–sending its famous counter-terrorist team to patrol the streets of London in unmarked cars.

Lack of opportunities in the security sector and less financial incentives in the private sector have been cited as some of the reasons behind the increased re-enlistment.

But the main motivating factor, it seems, is the threat of ISIS. In footage released only a few days ago, the group threatened to inflict such terror on the country that the “hair on children will turn white.”  The jihadists have said that the UK will suffer “the lion’s share” of slaughter it plans for Europe.

Britain’s recent decision to bomb ISIS strongholds in Syria has apparently prompted the recent wave of threats.

Now, commanders are reporting that members of the elite Special Forces squad would like to rejoin to fight ISIS in Libya, as well as in Syria and Iraq, where SAS is already deployed.

According to the Mirror article– plans are underway for a “large deployment” of Special Forces to Libya, where a small number are already stationed.

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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