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British SAS secretly battling ISIL in Iraq: Report

Iran Press TV

Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:59PM GMT

British Special Air Service (SAS) troops have reportedly been conducting secret missions in Iraq against the ISIL Takfiri militants.

A new report by the Daily Mail reveals that SAS forces using quad bikes and 4x4's in Iraq have killed up to eight terrorists a day recently.

It said the British Ministry of Defense had previously stated that the elite unit of the UK army had only been involved in non-combat missions.

However, aside from operating in a reconnaissance role in Iraq, they have also been taking part in eliminating ISIL militants, the Mail said on Sunday.

The SAS has been making use of intelligence to identify potential targets, mainly through the use of drones. Once an objective has been identified, the troops are dropped in by Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters, sometimes 50 miles (80 kilometers) from their intended target, as the engines of the helicopters are so loud.

The British daily added that these missions have been taking place on an almost daily basis for the last four weeks and are often undertaken at night.

The report pointed out that a spring offensive is expected to take place in 2015, which will be led by US and British commanders. This could see 300 UK trainers leading a program to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces in combat missions and how to defuse explosive devices.

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