Australian 'spies' working in Africa

2012-03-13 15:03

Cape Town - A secret squadron of Australian SAS soldiers has been operating at large in Africa, performing work normally done by spies, in an unannounced and possibly dangerous expansion of Australia's foreign military engagement, The Age reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the deployment of the SAS's 4 Squadron - the existence of which has never been publicly confirmed - has put the special forces unit at the outer reaches of Australian and international law.

"The Age has confirmed that troopers from the squadron have mounted dozens of secret operations over the past year in African nations including Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Kenya," it said.

"They have been out of uniform and not accompanied by Australian Secret Intelligence Service officers with whom undercover SAS forces are conventionally deployed.

It is believed the missions have involved gathering intelligence on terrorism and scoping rescue strategies for Australian civilians trapped by kidnapping or civil war."

The report said that the operations have raised serious concerns within the Australian military and intelligence community because they involve countries where Australia is not at war.

There are also concerns within the SAS that the troopers do not have adequate legal protection or contingency plans if they are captured. ''They have all the espionage skills but without [ASIS's] legal cover,'' a government source is quoted as saying.


  • looneylani - 2012-03-13 15:14

    What reports?

  • onlyjinjinthevillage - 2012-03-13 15:17

    ...oh great now the Aussies wanna colonize Africa! LOL

  • pierre.brink - 2012-03-13 15:19


  • wesleywt - 2012-03-13 15:23

    Wikipedia would say "CITATION NEEDED"

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-13 15:24

    Aussie Plonkers

  • Shaun - 2012-03-13 15:25

    Do you hear that uncle bob?

  • Craig - 2012-03-13 15:27

    The article is a load of rubbish, SAS work in platoons, not squadrons, that's aeroplanes, nobody uses the term troopers for soldiers except B rated WW2 movies and there is no factually comments or specific actions mentioned at all, terrible article. They're most probably looking for somewhere to dump their criminals.

      Heiku - 2012-03-13 15:46

      What about starship troopers. That's the FUTURE!?! Just kidding you have valid points.

      Mouldy - 2012-03-13 15:53

      Uhm Craig, when a group of soldiers are attached or affiliated to the air arm of the military, their collective is referred to as a "Squadron". SAS=Special Air Service. Infantry on the other hand operate in a "Platoon". A Squadron of Cavalry is also correct. A squad can also be four troopers ie four men with the rank of "Trooper." Otherwise just ignore me:)

      Terence - 2012-03-13 15:55

      Get your facts right Craig. The SAS most definitely DOES work in Squadrons (C Sqdrn. was famously "Rhodesian") as do all Conventional Armour Units. Platoons, Company`s etc usually refer to standard Infantry units not Special Forces.

      djmain1 - 2012-03-13 16:15

      What??! They're dumping all Australians in Africa?

      Anthony - 2012-03-13 16:21

      Probably trying to find out if Mugabe is gay !!!

      Syd - 2012-03-13 20:45

      When I was in the army were organised into troops with 4 troops making up a squadron. We were known as troopers not privates - more commonly called "troepies" This was the South African Armoured Corps. So I guess you don't know what you're talking about Craig.

  • Fidel - 2012-03-13 15:28

    I hope they all get arrested in Zimbabwe. Who'd had thought, Australia having colonial ambitions as well. Tagging along the US for the past 10 years surely helps.

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-03-13 15:44

      Please man! Do you really believe this nonsense? If it had been April 1 it would have fitted in perfectly. Cannot believe someone could write something as far fetched as this

      Anthony - 2012-03-13 16:24

      Fidel, just stop for one minute being so serious. Don't you get it......Allmost all stories about Mugabe ,one takes with a pinch of salt. But, don't despair, there are going to be plenty other stories, where you can share your anti Western feelings with us !!!!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-13 16:42

      Hyperbole-cant-reason! Odd behaviour!

      Cameron - 2012-03-13 16:57

      hey hey thanks fidel, every article written always has some moron commenting on it..... and guess what.... ITS YOU! hahaha well done...... moron

      Fidel - 2012-03-13 17:11

      imoron ngunyoko!

  • J.p. - 2012-03-13 15:33

    Several farmers from Namibia's south and the Karoo in South Africa claim that they have detected a new nervousness amongst their sheep lately.

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-03-13 15:40


      keimord - 2012-03-13 15:47

      KwaaaKwaaaa....good one mate!

      Julian - 2012-03-13 15:50

      Good one Wildways.. this comment has just made my day, cant stop laughing

      charl.hobson - 2012-03-13 16:31


      Cameron - 2012-03-13 16:57

      hahahahaha good one wildways hahahaaha

  • Sean - 2012-03-13 15:42

    Craig. FYI. the SAS are organised in regiment, squadron, troop and patrol.

  • Shelton - 2012-03-13 15:51

    Craig is obviously very stupid when it comes to military terms .SAS is all about squadrons

  • Mouldy - 2012-03-13 15:56

    Maybe they are trying to find out what the h**l went wrong in Africa, it used to be such a nice place.

      Fidel - 2012-03-13 16:40

      Until the arrival of the Drommedaries!

  • Mark - 2012-03-13 17:00


  • Mankini - 2012-03-13 17:03

    Whether this particular article is fact or fiction, the reality is that the NZ and Australian SAS are deployed around the world for various recon. The only reason why it sounds dubious to me is the fact that it's even mentioned regarding their whereabouts being the secrecy nature of their craft. The NZ and Australian SAS are actually regarded as one of the most elite around the world if half the no-brainers ie "Craig" actually did any research and the units are deployed almost everywhere.

  • Herbert - 2012-03-13 17:10

    Welcome back in Africa, Bushveld Carbineers !!! Anyone out there answering to the name "Breaker Morand"?

  • zaatheist - 2012-03-14 04:21

    Stupid article of made up bollocks. Why would the Australian care about what happens in Africa?

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-14 11:35

    Most Western countries are currently active in Africa, not as peace keepers but as the front line of the coming second colonization of Africa which although internationally denied, is going to happen within the next 12 months.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-14 12:44

    Old secret this. NGOs are also part of these spy rings and acquire vital information used for regime change and destabilising African countries.

  • Mzii - 2012-04-25 01:07

    I wouldn't view the presence of Australian SAS special operators in Africa as a re colonisation of the continent. Intelligence gathering anywhere in the world is important to combat global terrorism. Africa is one continent that may habour the most dangerous criminals and terrorists because of easily manipulated systems and primitive forests.\r\n\r\nAs for Zimbabwe, its fine by me, they need to shoot the hell out of Bob!

  • Joe James - 2013-03-11 10:17

    Conspiracy theories gallore.

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