One useful tool of psychological warfare is the fear instilled by highly effective snipers. Exaggeration is common, and can paralyze enemy combatants. Yet sometimes, there’s no need to exaggerate, as is the case with a British SAS sniper who has logged his 100th kill.
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The milestone kill came in the prolonged fight with Islamic State during the battle for Mosul. The target was reported to have been a ISIS leader and was, according to reports a “highly valued target.”
The SAS sniper is working in a target rich environment. He’s a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan and is currently working in support of Iraqi special forces and SAS troops on the outskirts of Mosul.
Patrick Williams of the Daily Star reported that the sniper’s shot killed the terrorist after punching through his body armor.
An anonymous source told Williams that, “the sniper had a two second window to shoot the IS commander.”
“He took the shot and the bullet almost cut the terrorist in half. He was dead before he hit the floor.”
The sniper logged the kill, and only then found that it was 100th. There had been so many in the attack on Mosul that he’d lost count.
“The sniper came to Iraq with around 60 kills but in the last few weeks there has been a lot of killing and he lost count of the number of terrorists he had put in the ground,” the source said.
The ISIS commander that was killed, ironically, had been using a base in a compound built and later used by Saddam Hussein. The compound was well fortified, and the SAS is reported to have laid siege to it for more than a week before the ISIS leader attempted an escape.
There’s no footage yet of the shot. The video below is more detail on the operational methodology the SAS uses for its sniper teams.