“BRITAINâ€™S special forces have suffered the worst blow to their fighting strength since the second world war, with 80 members killed or crippled in Afghanistan.
…The operational pool has been severely depleted,â€ the source said. â€œItâ€™s largely because of the numbers of injuries. There are lots of Hereford [SAS] and Poole [SBS] guys walking round with missing limbs.â€
…The commanding officer of the SBS, in charge of British special forces operations in southern Afghanistan, has warned that the pace of operations is likely to continue. â€œMany of our team have been almost continually fighting our countryâ€™s enemies since 2001,â€ he said, â€œand it is likely that our current scale of effort will continue for some time.â€
2010-03-07 16:36:40 UTC