The operation is being described as “out of the box” and is said to have saved 20 lives. The Daesh bombers were in a two-story command post in Ramadi, Iraq that they were using to launch suicide attacks. An air strike and a rocket attack were considered but collateral damage and civilian deaths would’ve been high.
With nothing to lose, the SAS sniper set himself up in another building, more than a half mile away. He fired 30 armor piercing rounds from his Barrett Light .50 caliber rifle, the most powerful in the world, through a 10″ wall and into the command post.
One Jihadi was instantly decapitated and the other two were left in pieces and the wall was completely destroyed.
A source added that when soldiers moved in they discovered a scene of gore.
They said: “The armor-piercing rounds had a devastating effect. The bodies of the Islamic State fighters had been absolutely pulverized.
“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.”