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Iraqi soldiers battling al-Qaida have been assisted by members of Britain’s SAS as well as U.S. soldiers in Task Force Black

LONDON – Members of Britain’s MI6 intelligence service, attached to a highly secretive unit called Task Force Black, have led Britain’s SAS and the U.S. Delta Force to kill what a secret intelligence report confirms as “hundreds of al-Qaida terrorists in the past two years and the capture of 3,500 insurgents,” according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The operations are described by Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq due to leave his post shortly, as a “phenomenal job which has been an immense help in Baghdad.”

The SAS units operate as small, deep-cover teams often disguised as Arabs. They were formed to deal with the wave of suicide car bombers which, at the height of the terrorist campaign, was claiming 2,000 lives a month in Baghdad.

Now an MI6 report has revealed: “Using our intelligence, Task Force Black has effectively broken the back of the terrorist network, reducing the number of bombings in Baghdad from around 150 a month to just two last month.”

The SAS units and intelligence officers live outside the highly protected Green Zone, flitting constantly from one bolt hole to another in the Baghdad suburbs.

But the success of these “black ops” has come at a price: six members of the SAS have died and 30 have been injured. Delta Force has suffered “in the region of 20 percent casualties,” confirmed one source.

The relationship between the two forces is so close that the SAS had made a donation of about $20,000 to Delta Force’s “widows and orphans” fund.

While details of the actual deaths of al-Qaida terrorists by the SAS are highly secret, MI6 officers who plan the attacks insist they are not “extra-judicial killings.” Each black op is sanctioned by one of the MI6 lawyers in Iraq.

“The rules of engagement are clearly laid down and any breach would be thoroughly investigated,” confirmed an MI6 source in London.

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