A member of an elite British team embedded in the Iraqi army took out three ISIS bombers through a 10inch wall with a rifle.
The expert SAS sniper was over a kilometre away from the extremists when he shot them with several armour-piercing rounds from a Barrett Light .50 calibre rifle, the Daily Mail reported.
Apparently the marksman in question is thought to be one of the best in the special forces, and the skilfully executed mission – which was described as a ‘classic SAS operation’ – saved the lives of 20 people in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.
A source told the Daily Star Sunday:
The SAS always like to think out of the box. The command post was well fortified. They considered an air strike but that would cause too much collateral damage.Advertisement
They looked at a rocket attack but there was the possibility that the blast might cause the building to collapse and intelligence suggested there were civilians being held in the lower storey and in buildings close by.
A staff sergeant in charge of one of the SAS teams working with the Iraqis came up with the idea of shooting through the wall. It was a case of ‘there’s nothing to lose.’Advertisement
He fired from about 1,000m away, destroying one of the walls completely.
When the SAS stormed the building with the Iraqi army they saw the devastating effectiveness of the assault on the IS targets – one was totally decapitated and another had been cut in half.