8 Mar 2011

SBS team in Libya were carrying tactical communications equipment

I hear that the SBS team that landed in Libya in the early hours of Friday morning had cases of communications equipment with them.

Just the sort of tactical communication stuff that the Libyan rebel forces need to coordinate their actions against Col Gaddafi’s forces and substantially different from the sort of equipment that would be needed by a diplomatic outpost getting to know the rebel leaders.

We are clearly in a phase where covert help is favoured and pursued and overt help is warily plannned for but on many levels dreaded.

Where that quite leaves the terms of engagement or legal standing of British forces operating in Libya I’m not sure.

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