By Will Fowler
In September 2000, 11 British infantrymen have been captured through a infamous defense force gang in Sierra Leone. initially deployed to meet peace-keeping tasks in a rustic ravaged by means of civil warfare, the warriors have been abducted through the so-called 'West aspect Boys' who had already subjected the zone to a reign of terror, homicide and mutilation. while negotiations stalled, the British govt determined to release Operation Barras as a joint rescue operation by means of D Squadron 22 SAS and an organization 1 Para. four-man SAS reconnaissance patrols have been inserted by means of boat into the villages the place they supplied key information regarding the site of the hostages and the workouts, if any, of the often stoned and very unstable West part Boys. Then, previous to sunrise on Sunday, September 20 2004, 3 Chinooks supported through military Lynx helicopters lifted the Paras and SAS into the 2 villages that straddled Rokel Creek. The Lynx helicopter attacked a heavy machinegun within the southern village of Magbeni because the SAS fireplace groups and a hostage rescue workforce quickly roped down from the 2 Chinooks. The hostages have been speedy positioned and evacuated to security. The SAS continued a sustained firefight with the West aspect Boys, killing a few and taking pictures their chief, "Brigadier" Foday Kallay, a 24-year-old former sergeant within the Sierra Leone military. To the south of the village, the Paras fought in the course of the village of Magbeni using off the rest gang participants and improving the Royal Irish Land Rovers that were deserted by means of the abducted squaddies. The operation was once over by way of overdue morning and the Paras accomplished the undertaking by means of destroying any cars, ammunition or gear that have been deserted by means of the crowd. within the phrases of 1 SAS veteran, "This used to be no longer a scientific, black balaclava, Princess Gate-type operation: it used to be a really grubby, eco-friendly operation with plenty of capability for issues to head wrong." For the 1st time, this bold raid is dropped at existence with particularly commissioned art, particular maps and overhead photographs to recreate one of many maximum hostage-rescue good fortune tales in fresh historical past.
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