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SBS Operations in Afghanistan
The Special Boat Service has carried out a series of operations in Afghanistan, starting not long after the attacks of September 11th 2001. In mid-November, 01, the whole of C Squadron, SBS, was flown into Bagram airbase, Afghanistan, which they quickly secured. The arrival of British forces was an unwelcome surprise to the Northern Alliance troops stationed in the area and a tense standoff arose. Frantic diplomatic efforts managed to cool the situation and disaster was narrowly averted..
With Bagram secure, more UK and US forces began to fly in and soon the SBS were to receive their taskings. C Squadron was split into small fire teams of 4-6 operators, with each fire team assigned a different mission. These missions included :
In late November 2001, an SBS team was drawn into a bloody uprising of captured Taliban at a fort close to Mazar-i-Sharif. Read more on the Qala-i-Janghi Fort Uprising
The SBS carried out a series of actions in late 2001 and into 2002. SBS teams were reportedly amongst UK/US special forces engaged in attempting to capture Osama Bin Laden in the Tora Bora cave complex. Later, in March 2002, the SBS reportedly took part in Operation Anaconda, an attempt o flush Al Qaeda and Taliban forces out of the Shahi-Kot Valley and Arma Mountains.
Details of SBS actions in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2006 are thin on the ground. It is thought that the SBS was part of a joint task force of UK/US special forces tasked with going after high ranking Taliban and Al-Qaeda figures in Afghanistan. A similar task force was said to have been set up in post-invasion Iraq, with the SAS at the heart of the UK's contribution.
News of SBS ops began to make the papers in 2006 following a ramping up of the British presence in Helmand Province, in the south of the country. The SBS have reportedly been involved in several operations against Taliban leadership targets.
In September 2006, NATO launched Operation Medusa in an attempt to drive the Taliban from the strategically important Panjwayi district of Afghanistan. It is reported that the SBS, in conjunction with US Special Forces, were at the vanguard of a large scale attack. The SBS were supported by the SFSG, who acted as cut-off groups whilst the SBS attacked. An RAF Nimrod spy plane tragically crashed whilst supporting Op Medusa, with the loss of all onboard, including members of SBS Signals squadron and their SFSG equivalents.
Late September 2007 saw the usually low-profile SBS burst onto the television news as reports of a daring hostage rescue mission came out of Afghanistan.
Special Boat Service personnel took part in a mission to recover sensitive electronics gear from a RAF Reaper unmanned spy drone that had crashed in Afghanistan. After securing the equipment, the SBS withdrew and called in an airstrike from a RAF Harrier attack aircraft to destroy the Reaper.
February 2009 - Operation Diesel
The SBS take part in a 3 Commando Brigade Operation against a number of Taliban drug factories in Helmand, Afghanistan.
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