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FAILED SAS AUTHOR LIVING A FANTASY.

Byline: RICHARD SMITH

PHONEY SAS author Tom Carew was banned from the elite regiment and once climbed a barbed wire fence into the camp to drink at their club.

A former SAS warrant officer claimed that Carew - his real name is Philip Sessarego - became an "SAS groupie" after he failed the crack regiment's entry test.

Carew was in the Royal Artillery but he was obsessed with joining the SAS and could not accept rejection.

Instead he wrote the book Jihad! and claimed he had been a member of the elite 22 SAS squadron and trained Afghan guerillas in SAS techniques.

His lies were exposed in an interview with BBC Newsnight when the father-of-three stormed out, denying he was Phil Sessarego.

Last night, former acquaintances and his own family admitted Carew, 48, was Sessarego and that he had failed SAS selection.

The ex-warrant officer said: "I'm glad he has been exposed as a fraud. He has lived a Walter Mitty life, name-dropping and conning people."

Carew's book Jihad! - about his mercenary activities with the mujahedeen in Afghanistan - has sold 50,000 copies.

Carew claimed he served in the SAS from 1973-8 and 1983-91 and helped establish the SAS Northern Ireland cell. But the MoD said Sessarego left the army in 1975.

Yesterday at his home in Belgium, Carew insisted: "I was SAS."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 17, 2001
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