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NZ SAS troops deployed on Diego Garcia
25 October 2001
Forwarded from CAFCA.
At 0520hrs this morning [24.10.01] the BBC World Service (rebroadcast on TV One) carried a report about two x 650 men detachments of British troops on exercises in the east Arabian peninsula nation of Oman. Of most intrigue was the mention that some of these troops would not be returning to the UK as planned, but would be joining Australian and New Zealand SAS troops already stationed on the military base at Diego Garcia, site of the huge airfield from which USAF B52s are presently launching their raids on Afghanistan.
TVNZ news briefly mentioned the NZSAS presence on Diego Garcia on its 0830hrs bulletin and added that the New Zealand government was refusing to comment on this BBC report.
John Pilger includes a brief background comment about the sorry story of
Diego Garcia in his latest New Statesman article, (October 15th):
- To read the full article go to http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/rob00116.htm