Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Are Australian SAS forces already operating in Iraq?

"Commanders may have been waiting for the green light from the Prime Minister. It's fair to say that if they (the SAS) weren't there, they are in there now," Australian National University defence analyst Alan Dupont told The Australian.

"They are almost certainly operating in either the northern or southern no-fly zones doing the job they are trained to do," he said.

"The 48-to-96-hour window before a war is precisely the time when special forces are particularly effective," another defence analyst, Allan Behm, said.

But no official confirmation was forthcoming. A spokeswoman for Defence Minister Robert Hill said that now a commitment to using Australian forces had been made, movements were a matter of "operational security".

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