Highly-trained and immensely skilled, the SAS are widely regarded as one of the best Special Forces units in the world. Their missions are uniquely diverse:counter-terrorist responses at home and abroad; deep penetration for reconnaissance and guiding air strikes; training and supporting indigenous forces; counter-insurgency in collaboration with U.S. Delta Force, SEAL Team Six, and other foreign Special Forces; mobile operations in support of conventional forces; targeting terrorist leaders and manhunting war criminals, to "direct action" raids.
This book charts the changing organization and operational emphases of the regiment over the past twenty-five years, as well as its individual deployments and operations, including those planned but aborted and joint missions with other British and foreign units. It sheds light on the SAS's involvement in the Troubles of Northern Ireland, their operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the widespread use of the SAS in counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations since 9/11.
About the Author
Leigh Neville is an Australian national currently living and working in Sydney. He has traveled and worked internationallybased in Europe for ten yearsand now works for a large American consultancy and is completing a master's program in international studies. This is his latest book for Osprey, a companion to his Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan (Elite 163).
Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.
Table of Contents
Introduction: formation; brief overview of ops from WW II to Falklands War 1982 /The Embassy Effect – worldwide interest since Iranian Embassy counter-terrorist op in 1980 – foreign training ops /Op 'Banner' – the SAS in Northern Ireland /Op 'Granby' 1990-91 – the SAS in the First Gulf War /The 1990s – the Balkans, and Sierra Leone /Op 'Veritas' 2001 – frustrating first ops in Afghanistan /Op 'Row' 2003 – Task Force 14 in Iraq /Op 'Telic' 2003–2009 – Task Force Black & TF Knight in Iraq - joint ops with US SF /Op 'Herrick 2006–2014 – Task Force 84 in Afghanistan /Weapons, Equipment & Vehicles /Special Forces Support Group /Commonwealth SAS - Australia & New Zealand