A British SAS sniper has reportedly shot and killed an ISIS commander from 1.5 miles away.
According to reports, the sergeant killed the Islamic State commander with a .50 Calibre machine gun, which is believed to be the first time the machine gun has been used in a sniper hit by the SAS.
The report says a senior officer stationed at the Joint Special Operations Command HQ in Kabul ‘gave the go-ahead for the killing’.
One source told The Daily Star Sunday a ‘special sight’ was fitted on the 40-year-old machine gun and they got a ‘spotter to estimate wind speed’.
The source said:
He also took into account the heat of the day and the light. The image of his target was quite ‘watery’ because of the heat being given off from the ground.
The Islamic State fighter seemed to be briefing his men as he stood addressing fighters for about 20 minutes.
The sniper knew he only had one chance. It took several seconds for the round to hit the commander who appeared to fly into several pieces. For a few seconds no-one moved. When they realised what had happened they got up and ran away.
The paper also reported the kill is thought to have saved ‘more than 20 lives’, and the gun used is being ‘decommissioned and displayed in SAS headquarters’.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence told the paper:
We do not comment on special forces operations.
In October, last year, a veteran Iraqi fighter known as ‘the sheikh of snipers’ was been killed in Iraq’s battle to retake the town of Hawija from the so-called Islamic State group.
Abu Tahsin al-Salhi took part in conflicts dating back to the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, and said he’d gunned down ‘at least 320 IS jihadists’.
The 63-year-old, who proudly spoke of making at least four hits a day, was killed as he advanced on Hawija in northwest Iraq.
According to the Daily Mail, Ahmad al-Assadi, who was a spokesman for the Hashed al-Shaabi alliance mostly of Shiite militias fighting alongside government forces against the last jihadist bastions, was responsible for breaking the news.
At his funeral, near the southern port city of Basra, his close friend Ahmad Ali Hussein, said the marksman was widely known by comrades as ‘the sheikh of snipers’ or ‘hawk eye’.
‘The sheikh of snipers’ was a grey-bearded giant of a man, who drove an off-road motorbike and wore fingerless mittens. He was said to be inseparable from his Austrian-manufactured Steyr rifle.
In a video, the warrior gave an insight into his career as a sniper, starting with 1973 when he was part of an Iraqi brigade fighting on Syria’s Golan Heights.
He spoke proudly about how militants feared the areas he defended, and in one video, pointed out to the distant landscape around him.
You see this area – I guarantee to God no one would come up it.
Still waiting on world peace, over here.
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