Bob Shepherd as an adviser to a media team, Khost Province, Afghanistan. 2007
Bob Shepherd is a British Special Forces 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, Oman, 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, VIPs and others.
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 Bob was an assault group member, entering from the roof top.
Borneo jungle LRRP. 1980s
New boy to the SAS…just back from a run. Bob outside his “basha,” Bradbury Lines, Hereford. Mid 1970s.
About to undertake a heli recce of a training area over the jungle canopy. Mid 1980s
Parachuting into the Falklands War as an 8 man SAS amphibious troop team.
Bob firing the M19 grenade launcher, Western Iraq. 1991.
Klepper canoe training with Bob’s great mentor and friend Fred Marafono. UK 1970s.
“During Bob’s military career he spent 2 years as the Warrant Officer 1 SMI (Senior Military Instructor) SAS at the British Jungle Warfare School in Brunei, 92-94. The two individuals to his right in the photograph were by far the most important members of staff at the school in Bob’s opinion. They were there before him, and there long after he finished his tour, they meant the world to Bob. They are Iban tribesmen from the rain forest. Their fathers taught Bob when he was a young student with the SAS. Without them there would be no training to really talk about. Their jungle skills are key to the SAS’s overall training requirements. And they do it better than anyone. Bob knew the laddie on his extreme right for almost 20 years. Initially when he was learning from his father and Bob was a student, then when Bob was teaching SAS Selection, and several squadron trips to Borneo…then here at the jungle school.”
Covert operations close quarter defence training, 1970s.
“Chicken for dinner!” Bob as an SAS instructor teaching survival in the 1980s.
Troop Sgt, and team commander on a mid 1980s Special Projects Team (SP Team)
Bob in the role of close protection to a European VIP family, 2000
Media security consultant. Afghan/Pak border 2007
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 Bob had ever been to in his life. Bob was extremely saddened but not shocked at the news that the location has been aggressively assaulted.”
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.