This is a subject that I have come across at some places.
In 1995, Al-Farhan, an Islamist group kidnapped 6 foreign tourists including Britons, Americans and Norwegians while they were trekking in the mountains. One American escaped but others were held hostage. After many months they were said to have been killed and the severed head of the Norwegian hostage was found.
Now a new book out there claims that they were killed by an Indian military supported militant group.
What I am interetsed in is knowing the SAS's role in the search for these hostages. I know for a fact that the SAS and possibly even US Spec Ops guys were there and launched a hunt for these tourists.
I also know that the Indian Army was not very happy with the decision to let the SAS into their turf. And apparently they got even more pissed when the SAS wanted to do the operation as they wanted to and did not heed any advice from the Indian Army.
^^ Please ask your Dad if he knows anything about this.
he says that he does not know anything about the presence of SAS or US special forces in kashmir at that time.Allowing foreign soldiers to operate in your own soil means that you are compromising your sovereignty.
I was curious where did you get the FACT about 22 SAS and US Spec Ops presence in the valley in 1995, but crysis seems to have cleared that. As for 2002, remember this was when Op Parakram was on. Op Enduring Freedom was still raging in Afghanistan and we weren't exactly best pals with the US nor UK.
The 22 SAS and US SOCCOM had a very close working relationship with Pak Army SSG around the time period you mentioned. The US SF started interacting with the Indian Army only post 9/11 when they realized they needed a close working partner other than Pakistan in this region.The first joint exercise was somewhere around 2002/03 in Agra with the Americans.
The SAS have never really been close to us, 2 Para SF allegedly conducted ops simultaneously in Sierra leone in early 2000. But there was no joint planning or execution. They had a fallout with Pak SSG in 2005, but didn't exactly jump into bed with us.
I remember following this incident as a college student. As far as i remember all except the american tourist were killed. There was nothing about rescue operations involving PARA SF that I remember reading about. I never read or heard about any such ops even after I joined the army.Most of the info on the wiki link seems to be part of the writers wet dreams.