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The Press and the SAS
The British Government and the MOD were quite determined that British involvement in Oman received as little publicity as possible. Britain had left Aden rather hastily in 1967 and its presence in the gulf had almost entirely been wound down by 1971. There were a small number of RAF personnel scattered about largely at Masirah  island and RAF Salalah. The MOD were anxious not to identify them as combat troops but as support and logistic personnel.
That did not quite explain the role of the SAS who were roaming the jebel taking an interest in anything and everything that went on.
The MOD came up with the notion of calling them BATT or British Army Training Team. As such of course they would not be involved in any combat and any injuries they sustained would have been as a consequence of road traffic accidents or negligent discharges certainly not because they had stepped on an adoo mine or intercepted a bullet from an AK-47
A scrawled note at the back of my diary indicated that casualty reports should be minimal and give little away.

The MOD had addressed the question of British involvement in Dhofar in January following some  earlier revelations in the press in October and November 1971 when they had got wind of the fact that two members of the SAS had been killed.
The first to be killed was Sgt Steve Moores who was hit in the abdomen by an adoo bullet on the 8th of October near Tawi Atair. He was not killed outright and was casevaced to the FST where his condition was stabilised prior to urgently needed more sophisticated surgery in a major centre. On the casevac flight out the aircaft encountered violent turbulence, his condition deteriorated and he died after admission to hospital in Dubai. The newspapers would probably hear a whisper of what had happened and the MOD prepared for this.

MOD Reaction
An immediate reaction was to modify the way in which casualties were to be reported - NOTICAS -which allowed the absolute minimum of information to leak out. Boards of Enquiry would not be held and letters giving more details would not be forthcoming.

There was of course still the problem of how to deal with the press and what to say to them.

"Press Q&A"
In November Tpr Loid was shot whilst on the eastern part of the jebel on Op Jaguar. He sustained severe head and shoulder wounds and was casevaced to the FST where he died. There were now two sets of questions that the press might pose.

"Moores and Loid"

"Casevac Protocols
to ensure secrecy"