Sean Rayment is The Sunday Telegraph's defence and security correspondent. He joined The Parachute Regiment in 1986 before resigning his commission in 1991 as a captain. His military career included a two year tour in Northern Ireland from 1989 to 1991, during which time he was commander of the close observation platoon in Belfast. During his journalistic career he has written for many national newspapers and covered wars and conflicts in Northern Ireland, Africa, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East. He is also one of the few British journalists to visit and report on the US detention centres at Guantanamo Bay. Over the last nine years he has been embedded with British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan on many occasions.
His first book "Into The Killing Zone" covered the role of British troops in Helmand between 2006 and 2007 and was one of the first books to be written about the conflict in Southern Afghanistan.
Bomb Hunters, his second book, is the first book to cover the role of the bomb disposal operation in Afghanistan.
Tales From the Special Forces Club covers the role and formation of the special forces or "private armies" during the Second World War. The book is based on the first hand accounts of surviving members of SF units.
Sean is currently reseaching his fourth book which will see him return to the conflict in Afghanistan.