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Hague takes blame for SAS mission failure

William Hague announced on Tuesday that he must take the blame for a failed SAS mission that has been called an ‘embarrassment’.

Despite the Foreign Secretary’s admission, he added that the military was responsible for the specifics of the operation. He also said that Prime Minister David Cameron had been informed of the situation before two diplomatic officials, who were guarded by a half-dozen Special Forces troops, had been sent to the country’s east.

The ordeal, which saw British forces detained by rebel leaders and the confiscation of firearms and helicopters, comes amid mounting pressure on Hague over his actions regarding the ongoing crisis in Libya. Downing Street had confirmed prior to the news that Hague had approved of the dispatch. The decision, which saw Foreign Office personnel sent into Benghazi at night, has since been mocked by MPs from all sides, including remarks proclaiming the diplomatic breakdown as an ’embarrassment’.

During Hague’s speech in the House of Commons he said that he took ‘full responsibility’ for the ordeal although added that Government military advisors were also to blame. He said that such officials and others that were aware of sending a diplomatic team into Libya should also accept their own faults.

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