Bob Shepherd, Khost Province, Afghanistan. 2007
Bob Shepherd is an SAS veteran and co-author of three books with journalist Patricia Sabga. Their first collaboration, The Circuit, was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. They’ve also written two critically acclaimed novels; The Infidel and The Good Jihadist.
During his nearly twenty years of service with 22 SAS Regiment, Bob participated in the Dhofar campaign, the Iranian Embassy siege in London, The Falklands War, the first Gulf War and the Bosnia war. He left the Regiment in 1994 as a Warrant Officer and went to work on the international security circuit as an adviser to media, diplomats and VIPs.
Bob’s work in the private sector has taken him to some of the most volatile places on earth including The Balkans, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He is a regular media commentator on security issues and geopolitics, and has appeared on CNN International, BBC One, BBC World, BBC Radio and SKY News. He has also authored several articles in newspapers and magazines.
In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments.
Iranian Embassy Siege, London, England. 5th May 1980
Iranian Embassy Siege, Pathe round up, 1980.
Borneo jungle training. 1980s
New boy to the SAS…just back from a run. Bradbury Lines, Hereford. Mid 1970s.
Bob firing the M19 grenade launcher, Western Iraq. 1991.
Klepper canoe training with my great mentor and friend Fred Marafono. UK 1970s.
“During my military career I spent 2 years as the Warrant Officer 1 SMI (Senior Military Instructor) SAS at the British Jungle Training School in Brunei, 92-94. The two individuals to my right in the photograph were by far the most important members of staff at the school in my opinion. They were there before me, and there long after I finished my tour, they meant the world to me. They are Iban tribesmen from the rain forest. Their fathers taught me when I was a young student with the SAS. Without them there would be no training to really talk about. Their jungle skills are key to our overall training requirements. And they do it better than anyone. I knew the laddie on the extreme right for almost 20 years. Initially when he was learning from his father and I was a student, then when I was teaching SAS Selection, and several squadron trips to Borneo…then here at the jungle school.”
Covert operations close quarter defence training, 1970s.
Bob in the role of close protection to a European VIP family, 2000
Samara, Iraq, 2003…kids will be kids all over the world. A break from TV news gathering, and great to see smiles and laughter.
Travelling low profile in a soft skin vehicle through Southern and Eastern Afghanistan. It allowed Bob to have a similar profile to most others along the roads and dirt tracks. Once out of that vehicle however, he was fooling no one, blanket and turban off…he was back to being Bob the Scotsman. Kandahar Province, 2004
“Security advisor to the first Western TV news team (CNNI) to enter Nuristan Province with a US infantry unit, 2007.”
“Up around 7-8000ft on a day clearing patrol. We would also go on to visit COP Keating, Kam Desh, Eastern Nuristan. Where later it would be largely over run with at least 12 Americans and other friendlies killed, and more than 20 wounded. No doubt, it was the scariest and strategically craziest military location I had ever been to in my life. I was extremely saddened but not shocked at the news that it had been taken out.”
Flying over Western Kunar Province enroute to Nuristan, 2007.
The road to nowhere: Every 20 seconds low level flying…or every 20 minutes driving, the landscapes of Afghanistan can drastically change. It’s a wonderful country with wonderful people…ruined over decades by International proxy intrusion.