A hawk-eyed Sergeant in Her Majesty’s Special Air Service is reportedly credited with killing a senior ISIS official along the Syrian Border- at night, from nearly one mile away and with only a fifteen-second window to take the shot.
The member of the SAS’ G-Squadron -who has reportedly accrued over 100 kills in both Iraq and Afghanistan- reportedly used an American-made McMillan TAC-50 rifle to tag the militant from over 1,500 meters away.
According to the Daily Mail, a source told reporters that the enemy leader was in an ISIS-controlled village, making a quick “snatch and grab” too risky. Using skill and distance to their advantage, the Brits determined that making a “long-shot” was the best plan of action.
While a day mission was preferable to night, the SAS don’t get to pick when and where they fight- they only deliver results, no matter the conditions.
“As evening approached the team realized that they were going to have to either abort or go for a night shot,” the source said. “The sniper said he wanted to take the shot and was given a ‘go order.’”
With only fifteen seconds to work with as the insurgent exited the car, the sniper reportedly managed to plant a round into the back of the man’s skull.
The Ministry of Defence declined to comment on the matter.
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