An SAS marksman killed 5 Islamic State fighters (IS) with a single sniper shot from 3,000ft away, in line with experiences.
The highly-experienced particular forces sniper is alleged to have used a Barrett .50 calibre rifle to shoot his jihadist goal within the chest – exploding his suicide vest.
The bomb blast killed the goal and 4 different IS fighters. Among the many 5 useless was a prime jihadist commander, experiences the Daily Star on Sunday.
Based on the paper, the capturing occurred in Syria in November throughout a kill or seize mission in opposition to the terrorist group.
An SAS marksmen killed 5 Islamic State fighters with a single sniper shot from 3,000ft away (inventory picture), in line with experiences.
The highly-experienced particular forces sniper is alleged to have used a Barrett .50 calibre rifle (pictured: Library picture) to shoot his jihadist goal within the chest – exploding his suicide vest
The bomb blast killed the goal and 4 different IS fighters (Library picture – doesn’t comprise anybody concerned within the incident), experiences the Every day Star on Sunday.
The SAS had been monitoring what they believed to be a suspected bomb-making manufacturing facility when the sniper, a sergeant with 20 years’ expertise, noticed the 5 depart.
After establishing he had a clear shot, the SAS crew contacted radioed again to base to get the all clear to drag the set off.
What’s a Barrett .50 calibre rifle?
Designed by American gun-maker Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, the Barrett .50 calibre is a high-powered sniper rile.
The time period Barrett .50 calibre usually refers back to the Barrett M82A1 – or M107 as it’s identified within the US army.
The Royal Marines and the SAS are usually identified to make use of the ‘Mild’ model, generally known as the L82A1.
The .50 calibre sniper is primarily used in opposition to army tools – corresponding to tanks and automobiles – slightly than in opposition to army personnel.
Nonetheless some forces do utilise the Barrett .50 calibre as an anti-personnel sniper.
The ‘.50 calibre’ within the identify comes from the actual fact it fires fifty calibre bullets – which have a diameter of round 0.510inches.
They’ll inflict severe harm on a goal – together with the lack of limbs.
The Barrett .50 calibre has an efficient vary of round 1,800 metres and has a unit price of round £6,500.
Some variations might be fitted with a suppressor to restrict the quantity of noise when fired.
The sniper is utilized by varied armed forces the world over, together with the US, the UK, France and Germany.
A supply instructed the Star on Sunday: ‘The plan at that stage was to drop the suicide bomber with the primary shot after which the chief in the event that they felt they may determine him.
‘However we received fortunate. He waited for the goal to drop however as a substitute the man exploded.’
The supply added that the sniper had been given a baseball cap with ‘Lengthy Vary Dying’ as a reward for his shot.
Although the shot got here in from a powerful distance, it’s removed from the longest confirmed kill in army historical past.
That was recorded in 2017 by a Canadian sniper who is alleged to have shot an IS fighter from 11,319 toes away.
The bullet was fired from a McMillan TAC-50 rifle set on a high-rise tower and took 10 seconds to journey the two.14 miles in the direction of the fighter, who was attacking Iraqi troopers.
This smashed the final report set by a Briton Craig Harrison, who killed a Taliban soldier with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle at a variety of 8,120 toes(1.54 miles) in 2009.
A army supply instructed The Globe and Mail the kill was verified by video, including: ‘That is an unbelievable feat. It’s a world report which may by no means be equalled.’
The third longest kill was by Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong, who shot down an Afghan rebel from 7,972 toes(1.51 miles) in 2002 throughout Operation Anaconda.
And previous to that, Grasp Corporal Arron Perry hit a terrorist from 7579 toes. He was additionally Canadian and serving in the identical operation.
The longest kill from a US sniper was carried out by sergeant Bryan Kremer, who hit an Iraqi rebel at 7,546 toes(1.42 miles) together with his Barrett M82A1 rifle in 2004.
The newest kill from an SAS sniper comes after particular forces sniper groups focused British jihadis in fierce cave battles within the mountains of northern Iraq final yr.
As reported by the Mail on Sunday in July, the assaults killed a minimum of 100 fighters in a ‘secret battle’ to crush an Islamic State resurgence.
Elite SAS troops have tracked IS killers, together with British volunteers, to their hideouts within the distant highlands
In scenes much like the hunt for Osama Bin Laden within the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan after 9/11, elite SAS troops tracked IS killers, together with British volunteers, to their hideouts within the distant highlands.
They then took them out utilizing sniper rifles, artillery rounds and precision airstrikes launched from RAF Storm jets and unmanned UK Reaper drones.
Defence sources confirmed in July that there have been a minimum of ten battles in northern Iraq within the earlier three months, with additional secret operations in neighbouring Syria.
A number of UK jihadis are understood to have been killed within the combating, lots of whom had escaped from desert jail camps and returned to their army items.