Media just making stuff up about SAS

Yesterday the Herald ran an article suggesting that NZSAS troops could be deployed to Iraq to battle ISIS.

The problem with that article was that John Key actually said it was his least preferred option for dealing with ISIS.

Today they follow it up with an outright denial, not once but twice from Jonathan Coleman, but not content with that they run off to a journalist and an academic for them to suggest, that just maybe, possibly, the NZSAS might already be overseas or getting ready to deploy overseas.

You can’t make this up…the Minister says no and they think maybe it might be something else.

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has dismissed suggestions the elite SAS force is ready and waiting for the green light to go into combat against Isis (Islamic State) militants in Iraq.  

But investigative journalist Jon Stephenson, who has reported extensively on the Special Air Service, says it will have already been readying itself and discussing potential deployments with US forces.

Prime Minister John Key on Monday would not rule out sending the SAS to assist US efforts to combat Isis in Iraq. However, he said that would be a last resort. New Zealand had not yet been asked and could not make that decision until his new Government was sworn in this month.

Responding to media reports the SAS was in “pre-deployment” mode for a potential mission against Isis, Dr Coleman said through a spokeswoman that “the SAS is not on standby to deploy to the Middle East“.

But private sector security and intelligence analyst Paul Buchanan said SAS troops might already be overseas.

I mean really?

Did Adam Bennett have a quote to fill after the sales team failed to sell some space for advertising?

This is shabby reporting and publishing, based on speculation from remotely connected and interest individuals who actually don;t know anything and are just guessing.

Personally I’m all for sending the NZSAS off to teach those ISIS scumbags a thing or two about fighting proper soldiers.


– NZ Herald

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