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SAS veteran Andy McNab has recalled some of the most bizarre tactics his Iraqi interrogators used after he was captured during his ill-fated Bravo Two Zero mission – including having to eat his own faeces.
During the 1991 Gulf War, McNab's Bravo Two Zero team famously got caught in a firefight with Iraqi forces before seeking refuge at a safe embassy.
Three of the eight members of the group were killed, four, including McNab, were captured. They were held, and often tortured, for six weeks before finally being released.
McNab has previously spoken to Daily Star about his time in captivity, claiming that the “unknown” of being captured was the most terrifying aspect of his ill-fated mission.
Now, appearing on the ‘Stories of Special Forces Operators’ podcast, the former soldier went into further detail about the tactics employed by his interrogators after the mission went fatefully wrong.
“Three of us were put into an interrogation centre and we had just over two weeks of interrogations,” he explained.
“Eventually we were moved to Abu Ghraib. There, there wasn’t any intentional torture.
“Obviously in the interrogation centre, we were whipped and burnt, and I had back teeth that were smashed when I got caught.
“We call it tactical questioning, you basically just get beaten up when you’re caught.”
But Andy explained that typical interrogation tactics were abandoned when he was moved to infamous detention centre Abu Ghraib.
“There was none of that going on in Abu Ghraib, but by now the war had started," he continued. "The bombing started at last light, finished at first light.
“The Iraqis are taking hits, their families are getting killed, so they were taking out frustrations.
“Whether they’d come in to beat you up, or sing a load of songs from Queen.
“There was a Queen fan, he’d go, ‘I’ll sing you a load of songs from Queen’, and I’d go, ‘yeah alright’.
“And then at one stage I had to eat my own faeces, because it was a joke. But when I was a Green Jacket, I’d done it for a bet on a pint of lager, during an exercise in Germany.”
Eventually, after six weeks under capture, Andy was released through a trade with the International Red Cross.
The former SAS soldier has since detailed his experiences in best-selling novel, ‘Bravo Two Zero’, which has been adapted into a film starring Sean Bean.
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