SAS Sniper – Pulverizing ISIS Fighters
SAS Sniper – pulverizing ISIS fighters
In the latest push through Ramadi, one SAS Sergeant fired thirty .50 caliber rounds through the wall of an ISIS command post and literally pulverized the three ISIS bombers inside.
British SAS (Special Air Service) snipers have always been formidable, but lately because the UK has ‘boots on the ground’ in Iraq, more information is being let out about their operations. A couple of months ago, an SAS sniper foiled a suicide attack by killing 5 jihadis with 3 shots.
Barrett Light rifle
The Sergeant used a .50 caliber (12.7 x .99 mm) Barrett Light rifle that sent the armor -piercing rounds right through the wall of the two-story command post.
The Barrett Light is also known as the M82A1, with variants for the needs and desires of each different branch of the Armed Forces or Countries. Essentially, it is a sniper rifle for long range use. And used well it is, all over the world. A few examples besides the U.K. are, United States, Australia Special Forces, Belgium, France, Israel… you catch the drift. Mostly used by Special Forces units.
In this instance, the Sergeant was over 1,000 yards away from the target. The actual range of the rifle is said to be 4,000 yards, but generally is most effective at 2,000 (according to the manual).
Bye Bye ISIS Fighters
The Islamic State was using the command post to launch suicide attacks against the Iraqi forces who were closing in on them. Officials estimate the Sergeant’s actions may have saved at least 20 people.
The commanders did not want to call in an airstrike due to the possibility of heavy civilian collateral damage. The Sergeant himself came up with the idea to shoot through the wall… “thinking out of the box.”
The Express U.K. reported,
“The command post was well fortified. They considered an air strike but that would cause too much collateral damage.
“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…
“The armour-piercing rounds had a devastating effect. The bodies of the Islamic State fighters had been absolutely pulverised.
“One had been decapitated and another had been cut in half. It was a real scene of carnage – but the tactic proved incredibly effective.
“‘The suicide attacks had been stopped and, without any command and control, the Isis fighters had retreated into another part of the city. It was a classic SAS operation.”
It appears the only things lost were a few armor-piercing bullets.