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WAR ON IRAQ: SAS pose as locals.

BRITISH special forces are operating undercover in Basra, unearthing Ba'ath party figures and ordering air strikes, say military sources.

Elite fighters, believed to be SAS, are posing as locals in the city to root out key targets as British forces tighten their grip in the suburbs. They identified the Ba'ath party building in the city at the weekend which was then destroyed by air strikes.

Up to 200 party members were believed to have been inside at the time, many of whom were almost certainly killed in the aerial attack.

One British officer said yesterday, ``The special forces are in Basra doing the important job of finding targets. They are very much undercover and will be dressed as Arabs to blend in.''

Coalition strikes on the city have calmed down considerably since Operation James earlier this week in which large parts of south-eastern suburbs were seized.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 5, 2003
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