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Thought this might be of interest to some of you out there.

US calls in Paras for Baghdad secret war

By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent
Last Updated: 12:32am BST 24/04/2006


British paratroopers secretly operating in support of the SAS in Iraq are using American uniforms, weapons and vehicles as part of their cover, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
Although John Reid, the Defence Secretary, only announced this week that the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) had become operational, a company of more than 100 paratroopers has been working for six months in Baghdad. They have reportedly become so successful that American special forces have called on their help.
The SFSG was formed mainly because it was found that small groups of highly trained SAS troopers did not have enough firepower to take on large groups of Iraqi and Afghan terrorists. The unit has already seen a substantial amount of action in Baghdad.
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Whenever the SAS goes on raids to apprehend terrorists in highly dangerous areas of Baghdad, the Paras are used to provide perimeter security.
Arriving in US Humvees, dressed in American army fatigues and armed with C7 Diemaco guns - a Canadian made version of the M16, the men have fought several battles with insurgents while protecting SAS colleagues.
"The SAS are doing the smash and grab but all the contacts are happening on the perimeter and there are a serious amount of rounds going down the range," a Parachute Regiment source said.
"They are making a really good name for themselves with the Hereford blokes and the Americans. If the s**t hits the fan and the SAS need them, the boys are there as a quick reaction force."
The troops were also believed to have been used to provide a security cordon as part of Task Force Maroon when the SAS rescued the peace campaigner Norman Kember and two other hostages.
The troops deployed to Baghdad at the end of last year after undergoing specialist training at the SAS headquarters in Hereford, including the use of American weapons and equipment.
"They wear US uniforms so they can blend in in Baghdad where a British paratrooper would stick out and draw unwanted attention," an intelligence source said.
"But they don't have their hair cuts 'high and tight', don't strut around like Americans and are certainly not trying to speak with American accents. They are loving it with all the American kit, and you can't keep them out of the PX shop [US military duty-free shops]."
The SFSG is mainly based on the 500 men of the 1 Bn The Parachute Regiment supplemented by a company of about 100 Royal Marines and a similar number of men from the RAF Regiment.
The group is based at St Athan, near Cardiff.
 

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Yeah this isn't suprising, blending-in of course is important but British Special Forces have been choosing their own gear for years now. Sure most of the Brits standard gear is well below par, that is if there is ever enough of it, it's a complete shambles.
 

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Here's one of a chap in a dandy hat, tipped at a rakish angle.
 

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nice to see the collaboration of teamwork here. reminds me of rangers helping delta force, and delta force helping rangers.

i've always wondered if diemacos are used instead of m4 due to canadian or norwegian cold-weather durabiltiy better than m4. (but then again, i'm sure 10th mountain uses m4/m16 with littleto no probs).
 

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fokkerabort-ops said:
can't wait for 08 bashes'
should really gain new ground....(MULTICAM)...
Yippers. I have a WIP using Multi-Cam based off the two pics above. Waiting on more lose stuff to arrive so I can finish it. Had to find a use for the Multi-cam ;)
 

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Just a little update, I have it from good authority (not an SF/SOF guy but one who works with them quite a bit) that they have/are switching over to the HK416/417 line of weapons and that the SFSG guys now wear Paraclete kit like the SF guy's
 

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Very interesting, thanks for the info. So I guess a contemporary UK SFSG-kit could be multicam, 416's and RAV's then...that's kick arse :).
 
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