The brave British marksman saved the terrified eight-year-old and his father after taking out the crazed jihadi with a head shot from 1,000 metres away.
The special forces crack shot then killed two other members of the hated terror group, who were also taking part in the sick planned execution.
ISIS militants had decreed that the little boy and his father must die after branding them "infidels" because they refused to denounce their faith.
They were just seconds from death when the hero sniper intervened to stop the barbaric killing in the Syrian desert. The pair were part of the minority Shia sect of Islam which ISIS considers to be heretical.First, the pic at the top of the article is a AW 338 not the 50 cal mentioned in the article. Since a Brit wrote the article for other Brits, we probably should cut him some slack. At least they didn't use a picture of a Red Ryder.
Second, I agree that fighting to protect someone is brave. If you are, as the story claimed, 1,000 meters away from a man with a knife, you aren't in much physical danger. Even if you account for the other guys with AK 47's, you're still not in any real danger. Being able to hit 3 bad guys within seconds and keeping them from doing harm, makes you a good shooter. Job well done! Accolades for being brave? Not so much.
Third, the sniper isn't a hero. I think what he did was good, right, just, and most defiantly necessary. I'm glad he did it. I'm all for stopping the murder of good people by Muslims. That makes you a soldier doing his job, but it doesn't make you a hero.
Forth, I would enjoy having better information than what the author chose to share. We are told that:
- The first shot was a head shot. I find this unlikely for a couple of practical reasons.
- The shot was done at 1,000 meters. This probably isn't true either.
- We are lead to believe that the shooting was fast and that all targets were instantly neutralized
- This was done supposable by:
- 1 shooter
- 50 cal rifle
- Silenced rifle
- I'd like to know if the weapon was a semi-auto similar to a 82A1
- I'd like to know if the SAS stops the executions of Christians and Jews or is it just Shia Muslims that are under its protection.
Long distance shooting is precision work. The 50 cal rifle, even with a silencer, recoils a good deal. For one shooter to score 3 one shot kills on 3 targets in a short time frame he would have to manage the rifles recoil fast enough to make those shots before the targets could move. This leads me to believe he would have been using a semi-auto rifle. Those tend to recoil fairly dramatically.
Here is what I think happened. A spotter shooter team or maybe two or more teams working together set up at different hides and simultaneously eliminated a series of targets. I also think the distance was under 1,000 yards and/or they did not use head shots.
The SAS are professionals. They would have done everything they could to assure victory. Which means fighting smart and giving themselves the best edge. Nick Gutterridge wanted to write an engaging piece on a disserving story. He succeeded.... but he is short on facts, and believability.