Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Smith denies SAS Africa claims

Defence Minister Stephen Smith has dismissed as untrue reports that an SAS squadron was involved in secret operations in Africa.

Troopers from the secretive Victorian-based SAS 4 Squadron mounted dozens of operations during the past year in nations including Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Kenya, putting the special forces unit at the brink of Australian and international law, Fairfax newspapers said on Tuesday.

Mr Smith said the reports were not true.

"Firstly the notion that the SAS or the Australian Defence Force personnel are somehow operating at-large in Africa is just wrong," he told Sky News.

"The suggestion that somehow what's occurring anywhere is at the boundaries of the law is also wrong.

"Any Australian officer ... has to, and does, operate consistently with Australian domestic law and with international law." Read More

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