British special forces and intelligence agents leave Libya on HMS Cumberland after being released by anti-Gaddafi rebels
Martin Chulov, Mark Tran, Amy Fallon and Polly Curtis
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 6 March 2011
"A British diplomatic effort to reach out to Libyan rebels has ended in humiliation as a team of British special forces and intelligence agents left Benghazi after being briefly detained.
The six SAS troops and two MI6 officers were seized by Libyan rebels in the eastern part of the country after arriving by helicopter four days ago. They left on HMS Cumberland, the frigate that had docked in Benghazi to evacuate British and other EU nationals as Libya lurched deeper into conflict. The diplomatic team's departure marked a perfunctory end to a bizarre and botched venture....."