Britain Sends Special Forces to Protect Saudi Embassy

(Telegraph-UK) Michael Smith - A 25-man SAS team has been sent to Saudi Arabia to bolster security at the British embassy, defense sources said Tuesday. The squad is backed by many more special forces troopers in neighboring Qatar who would be summoned if the 20,000 British citizens in Saudi Arabia had to be withdrawn in a hurry. The armed SAS troops, who wear civilian clothes, have been given clearance by the Saudi authorities to shoot any attacker who tries to kidnap or ambush embassy staff.

2004-06-23 00:00:00

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