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In light of the captured Dutch soldiers Fiasco, here we have
more detentions and subsequent release of foreigners in Lybia.
separate news sources have described them as being
"Diplomats" of course, not MI6, or SAS, or Mossad , or CiA or Special Ops personel. Etc
But then we have an admission that they in fact are SAS operatives but accompanying Diplomats,
Conflicting and confusion or more general obfuscation.....
"Covert British Dioplomat team forced out of Lybia"
Britain says a "small diplomatic team" reportedly being held in Benghazi after trying to "initiate contacts" with opposition rebels has left Libya after experiencing "difficulties".
"I can confirm that a small British diplomatic team has been in Benghazi," Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement.
"The team went to Libya to initiate contacts with the opposition. They experienced difficulties, which have now been satisfactorily resolved. They have now left Libya."
The Libyan rebels' national council confirmed later on Sunday that they had refused to talk to the British delegation, who entered the country without prior arrangement, and had sent the team back to London.
"We do not know the nature of their mission. We refused to discuss anything with them due to the way they entered the country," spokesman Abdul Hafiz Ghoqa told reporters in the rebel stronghold Benghazi.
"Now we're trying to negotiate a way for them to go back home."
According to Sky and BBC news reports, the diplomats left Benghazi on board the HMS Cumberland."
AFP (end snip)
BUT These Diplomats are not just "diplomats" are they. And the Lybian "opposition refused to have anything to do with them? I wonder why?
The "Diplomats" ie MI/ CIA / mossad/ Black ops opperatives have SAS Cover and protection.
(snips from source)
Brittish bungle Lybian SAS mission
A British SAS unit has been released after being detained by rebels in eastern Libya.
Up to six SAS solders were detained by rebels near Benghazi after flying into the area by helicopter on Friday.
It is understood they were escorting British diplomats trying to establish contact with opponents of Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi.
An opposition spokesman in Benghazi has told reporters that rebels refused to talk to the British delegation because of the way they entered the country.
The team is said to have entered without prior arrangement in the dead of night, carrying guns, explosives, and passports of multiple nationalities.
In an embarrassment to the UK, Libyan state television has broadcast what is believed to be a phone conversation between its ambassador to Libya, Richard Northern and an opposition spokesman.
Mr Northern is heard explaining the soldiers' presence to a spokesman for Libyan former justice minister Mostafa Abdel Jalil - now part of the opposition National Transitional Council - and saying there has been a misunderstanding.
"We have been planning to send some officials to stay in Benghazi to liaise with you, with the National Council, but also to keep an eye on the humanitarian situation," he said.
"We sent today ahead of those officials who are coming ... a small group just to find if there was a hotel, if everything was working and there was somewhere they could stay and work when we get our group organised."
Mr Northern says the group was picked up by local security concerned about their presence and who they were.
The spokesman for Mr Jalil replies: "They made a big mistake with coming with helicopter I think in an open area."
"The people, they note that there was somebody, some people [were] coming down," he said.
Mr Northern replies: "Oh, I'm not surprised. That is alarming."
The spokesman for Mr Jalil then says: "They talked to them and there is investigation now going on."
The UK Foreign Office has confirmed the SAS soldiers have been released and have returned to HMS Cumberland.
But foreign secretary William Hague would not be drawn on what the team was doing there in Benghazi in the first place.
"There is a small British diplomatic team in Benghazi. I can confirm that. We are in contact with them," he said.
"It is inappropriate to comment further on that at the moment but I can of course say that we are in touch with people across Libya.
The incident is the first known British diplomatic deployment to try to built political contacts with the opposition and better understand what is going on but many rebels say they do not want the West's intervention.
With military support for the moment ruled out, Britain and other countries will have to reassess the way they reach out to opposition groups and the risks to those involved.(end snip)
So, Unlike their Dutch counterparts the British have been released back to the safety of thier vessel.
What's the motivation for the release, if the Dutch are still in captivity?
Obviously different "missions" but still more Outside Influence in the affairs of a distabilised country.
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