SAS soldiers escaped Taliban by wearing burqas and claiming to be ‘devout women’

SAS troopers donned burqas to escape Taliban thugs in Afghanistan.

Up to 20 soldiers travelled hundreds of miles, crossing a number of the militants’ roadblocks, in a fleet of taxis.

The men managed to avoid capture by waving Taliban flags and claiming they were going to Kabul to welcome the rebels as “heroic liberators”.

And when they reached the safety of the airport they rewarded themselves with a cuppa for their cunning.

The elite soldiers had been on a mission in the south of the country but were warned no helicopters were available to fly them to safety.

Living up to the regiment’s Who Dares Wins motto, they decided their best chance of escape was to hide in plain sight.

Brave Afghan counter-terrorist police helped them by giving them a variety of burqas in different colours.

A source said: “The SAS team had been in Afghanistan for months and had been on a secret reconnaissance mission when everything went belly-up.

“They were told to abort the ­operation and to get ready for an immediate extraction to Kabul.

“The troops ditched most of their equipment except for their weapons and ammo and covered themselves with the burqas.

“They then bought five taxis and drove to Kabul.

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“Every time they came to a road block an Afghan special forces soldier explained that the women were very devout and wanted to welcome the Taliban back into Afghanistan. It worked.

“There were a few dicey ­moments but even the Taliban were reluctant to remove a burqa from a woman.”

When the troops arrived in Kabul they drove as close to the airport as possible before abandoning the cars.

Once again they were forced to make their way through several checkpoints and eventually managed to get to a gate where they revealed themselves to the guards.

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The source added: “An SAS sergeant major walked up to one of the American guys on the gate and said, ‘British special forces on operations’.

“The American soldier was dumbstruck and said, ‘Say again’.

“The troops were ushered into a room where they removed the burqas and asked to be put in touch with a British officer.

“When asked whether they needed anything, the sergeant ­major replied that a cup of tea would be lovely.”

The Ministry of Defence does not comment on special forces operations.

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