In a stroke of irony, a sniper from the elite British Special Air Service (S.A.S.) took the head off an Islamic State leader who was teaching recruits how to behead prisoners.
The terrorist was probably not expecting to become his students’ example, but the sniper armed with a large-caliber rifle made him one after landing a head shot from over 3,000 feet away. The man was reportedly teaching 20 recruits when he quite literally lost his head.
“One minute he was standing there and the next his head had exploded. The commander remained standing upright for a couple of seconds before collapsing and that’s when panic set in. We later heard most of the recruits deserted. We got rid of 21 terrorists with one bullet,” said a military official who witnessed the event.
The sniper supposedly used an Israeli-made Dan .338 bolt-action rifle equipped with a noise suppressor during the operation. The Dan .338 bolt-action rifle features a .338 LAPUA Magnum bullet which tumbles end-over-end once it hits flesh, displacing the liquid within a body in a process called “hydrostatic shock.” Once the bullet hits a body it creates a large cavity within the target, leaving a massive wound as it exits. To see an example of how this process works, watch the video below.
It is believed British S.A.S. forces have been operating in Syria since November. In December, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter testified before the House Armed Services Committee and announced that U.S. special operations forces would be engaging in unilateral operations against ISIS in Syria.
S.A.S. is the United Kingdom’s most elite, and secretive, combat force. The group has a history of daring exploits going back to World War II. Earlier this month, rumors circulated that a mystery sniper killing ISIS leaders in Libya may also be a former S.A.S. sniper, but these reports have not been confirmed.
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