UK SAS licensed to ‘kill’ on Malvinas

“They may spot a ship or people with a dinghy and they would be straight there to check it out,” a senior British security source was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.

“If they are not happy with the situation they have permission to shoot to kill. If people pose a threat it’s up to those guys to deal with it. No chances are being taken over the safety of the prince or the islands,” the official added.

The official made the comments following reports that a group of Special Forces are on the island for protection of the second in the line of succession to the British throne.

Prince William was deployed to the Malvinas on February 2 yet the British government dismissed at the time any connection between his deployment and the mounting tensions with Argentina.

His deployment drew angry reactions in Argentina where the Foreign Ministry said its people “regret” that the “royal heir is coming to the soil of the homeland with the uniform of the conqueror.”

Now it appears that Argentine concerns were well-established as the SAS troops’ license to kill everyone they deem a threat came under the euphemistic guise of providing a “ring of steel” around William.

The security official, who is not named by the paper, said the SAS troops are also tasked with assessing the threat of an Argentine military action and counter any such threat.

The talk of SAS forces being deployed to protect William is especially questionable as he has already an armed close protection unit from the Royal Military Police on hand to safeguard his well-being, which is not so far believed to be under any threat.

The security official who revealed the matter also did not explain the connection between reconnaissance operation on the islands, the protection of Prince William and the “shoot to kill” license.


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