British SAS Soldiers Now Missing Missions With U.S. Delta Forces In Fear Of Bureaucratic RetributionSpecial Operations Forces operators representing Croatia (first and third from left), the U.S. (second from left) and Poland (first and second from right), wear a variety of gear on Sept. 20 at Drawksow Pomorskie, Poland during a press conference as part of the official start of the Jackal Stone 10 exercise. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces and as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes countries from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine participating in the exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Donald Sparks) 100920-A-3239S-014
British Special Forces soldiers have not gone on two missions with U.S. Delta Force officers during key missions during the Battle for Mosul. The Elite SAS soldiers have been extremely cautious and slow to act since it was announced that up to 40 SAS soldiers are being investigated for alleged “mercy killings” that took place 13 years ago in a widespread politically correct agenda being pushed through the military.
Sergeant Colin Maclachlan shared stories of shooting “two or three” mortally wounded enemy soldiers in Iraq in 2003 in a new book. Executing mortally wounded enemy combatants is a violation of both British military law and the Geneva Convention. His story, coupled with claims that six SAS beat a group of Iraqis after the slaughter of six Royal Military Policemen in the city of Majar-al-kabir, have prompted the investigation of up to 40 SAS soldiers.
The 13 year old killings are now effecting the Battle for Mosul. American troops have stated the British SAS are moving too slowly on high profile campaigns aimed at undermining ISIS forces in and around Mosul. British forces are now double, and in some cases triple, checking every action they take to ensure they do not violate any military procedures or laws. SAS soldiers claim that red-tape and bureaucratic policies are jeopardizing the efficiency of the mission.
A British SAS soldier commented on the issues caused by the delays and the mounting frustration among American special forces:
‘The Americans are seeing a reticence that did not exist before. We have always stayed within the box, but we used to work things out as we went along. The feeling now is that it’s not enough. We know each and every one of us can suddenly come back to Hereford and find our names on an investigations list. Or it could happen many months, or even years later.‘So while we check and double check orders, work things out to the smallest detail, the window of opportunity to act on an HGV gets smaller. The delay is causing impatience with the Americans.’
The delays have led to British soldiers going on less missions with American soldiers. They state they have been “left behind” twice since the investigations began. The Ministry of Defense has refused to comment on any alleged delays, claiming they do not comment on special forces operations.