SAS to track ‘hostile’ state actors in armed forces shake-up


The army is to be put on a “different trajectory” pursuing the threat posed by hostile state actors around the world, its head has said.

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith hinted the SAS and SBS would undergo a major overhaul, which will be announced on Monday.

It could mean Special Forces soldiers working alongside MI6 to mount surveillance operations against Russian intelligence and military units, Gen Carleton-Smith said in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph.

He told the paper some traditional roles will be taken over by a new Ranger Regiment, announced on Friday ahead of the publication of the Defence Command Paper, which is expected to range from 2,000 to 4,000 soldiers.

“[The special forces] will be tracking the changing and accelerating nature of the threat,” Gen Carleton-Smith said.



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