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British SAS, Portuguese Troops Join Battle Against ISIS In Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado (Videos)

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British SAS, Portuguese Troops Join Battle Against ISIS In Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado (Videos)

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A squad of the Special Air Service (SAS) special forces was deployed at Mozambique to search for a British man who went missing during the recent deadly attack by ISIS in the northeastern province of Cabo Delgado.

Last week, the terrorists stormed the town of Palma from different directions, including by boats. More than 55 members of the Mozambican Armed Forces and local residents were killed. ISIS released footage showing its fighters inside the town.

ISIS terrorists also ambushed a group of people that left the Amarula hotel in Palma. A British citizen, Adrian Nel, was killed in the ambush.

The SAS will be looking for the second British man, Phil Mawer, who went missing during the same ambush. The special forces were deployed from a base in Nairobi, Kenya.

Meanwhile, Portugal announced that it will deploy soldiers at the beginning of April in Mozambique where they will train local troops. A bilateral agreement calling for a total of 60 special forces troops to Mozambique is being finalized.

ISIS attack forced French energy group Total to suspend work on the largest natural gas processing and liquefaction complex in southern Africa near Palma.

Thousands of people, including foreign experts working in Total’s project, who escaped the attack on Palma arrived in the nearby island of Pemba. Up to 10,000 others were awaiting for evacuation. Private military contractors from the Dyck Advisory Group, Exercitus Group and GardaWorld are helping with the evacuation.

ISIS attack on Palma will likely hinder Total’s project for a while. Government troops and their foreign backers will need to put some serious efforts to recapture and secure the town.

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