Multinational Special Forces

6 03 2011

Category: Politics, Middle East

Interesting that the British special forces team, briefly detained by the opposition in Libya, held passports from four countries.

It seems odd that British forces, special or otherwise, would need passports from any other country than the United Kingdom.

One must hope that they were entitled to use the passports from all four countries, and they were all in good order.

We should remind ourselves of the words of the then British Foreign Secretary exactly a year ago in March 2010 when a diplomat was expelled after it was felt that another state had used British passports as cover for a special forces mission:

The Government take this matter extremely seriously. Such misuse of British passports is intolerable…it represents a profound disregard for the sovereignty of the UK… No country or Government could stand by in such a situation.

In that debate the then Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague (who now holds the post) said;

I thank the Foreign Secretary for his statement, and for setting out the measures that are to be taken. Let me say at the outset that the Opposition agree with them..we cannot permit cloning of, interference with or misuse of British passports by another state.

The Telegraph reports that the British forces detained in Benghazi were found in possession of fake passports. They must surely be mistaken.



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