But a review of footage taken by helmet cameras raised suspicions that in fact, it was a U. But there was also growing criticism of the tactics of the U. special forces sent in to try to rescue Miss Norgrove from the remote, mountainous Korengal Valley, one of the most dangerous and lawless places in Afghanistan.
Yet members of the SAS, who were on standby for the operation, were understood to have had deep reservations about the rescue plan, fearing that the use of helicopters would simply have alerted the insurgents.The report that Miss Norgrove had been ‘killed by an insurgent’ who had detonated his suicide vest as the Seals closed in, was officially announced within hours of the operation taken place.Despite the fierce Taliban resistance, the Seals managed to fight their way towards the Miss Norgrove’s building. In 12 meetings of COBRA, liaising with their counterparts in Washington, it was quickly determined that there should be a military rescue.And then, with six Taliban gunmen already dead, one of the Seals threw a grenade through the door. British officials were determined to ensure that Miss Norgrove did not meet the fate of Karen Woo, the British doctor shot dead by Taliban insurgents in August, or that of Shaun Sexton, 29, a British security consultant who worked with Miss Norgrove and was murdered in July.The revelation that Miss Norgrove probably died following an American grenade explosion inevitably raised questions over whether she might have been rescued alive if British special forces had been directly involved. But the Americans took control because they have been operating in Kunar.
British SAS commanders had been consulted by the U. ‘They knew the ground like the back of their hands,’ said one source.
Yet doubts remain over their suitability for such a sensitive mission involving a British citizen.
Indeed, members of the SAS apparently had deep reservations about the rescue plan, especially the use of helicopters.
Their fears were echoed by Tory MP Bob Stewart, a former commander of United Nations forces in Bosnia.
He told MPs: ‘Sometimes helicopters are heard from a long way away, so there is warning. commander in Afghanistan, has praised the SAS and Special Boat Service for their ‘world-class counter-terrorism expertise’.
Here’s what I found: This proves, in stark and undeniable terms, two things:…Life – and people – can be incredibly unfair.