Triple Headshots Prevent Terrorist Bombing in Iraq (SAS Kudos)
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Early on a warm summer morning, a few hours before traffic began ...
November 20th, 2005 10:08 PM
Triple Headshots Prevent Terrorist Bombing in Iraq (SAS Kudos)
Snipers' head shots had to kill terrorists simultaneously to prevent explosions
Early on a warm summer morning, a few hours before traffic began to fill the streets, a 16-man SAS patrol took up ambush positions around a Baghdad house, writes Sean Rayment.
The soldiers had been told that the house was a being used as a base by insurgents - and up to three suicide bombers were expected to leave it later that morning.
Dressed in explosive vests, they were fully equipped to hit a number of locations around the city. The bombers' targets were thought to be cafes and restaurants frequented by members of the Iraqi security forces.
The intelligence was regarded as "high grade" and came from an Iraqi agent who had been nurtured by members of the British Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6, for several months.
Expectation among the 16 soldiers, attached to Task Force Black (TFB), the secret American and British special forces unit based in the Iraqi capital, was high. Each member of the four four-man groups was a veteran of many missions where the intelligence promised much - only to deliver little.
The plan for Operation Marlborough was simple: allow the three suspected bombers to leave the house and get into the street, then kill them with head shots from the four sniper teams. Each team was equipped with L115A .338 sniper rifles, capable of killing at up to 1,000 yards.
The soldiers, liaising earlier with their commanders, had considered the option of entering the house and killing the terrorists - but that plan was regarded as too dangerous. The confines of the house would intensify the impact of any blast, killing everyone inside.
The SAS soldiers were told that it was vital that the three bombers would have to be killed simultaneously.
If one of them was allowed to detonate a device, scores of people could be killed or injured.
In support of the covert sniper teams was a Quick Reaction Force (QRF), which would provide a dozen extra soldiers within a few minutes in an emergency. The QRF was based in a secure location nearby and a team of ammunition technical officers were on hand to defuse the bombs.
A section of Iraqi police was also attached to the operation - although they were not briefed on the detail of the attack - to deal with any crowd trouble.
Meanwhile, 2,000 feet above the city of five million inhabitants, a CIA-controlled Predator unmanned air vehicle was providing a real-time video feed back to the TFB headquarters deep inside the secure green zone.
Shortly after 8am, Arabic translators, monitoring listening devices hidden inside the house, warned the operations centre inside the militarily controlled green zone that the three terrorist were on the move. The message "stand by, stand by" was dispatched to the four teams.
As the terrorists entered the street, a volley of shots rang out and the three insurgents slumped to the ground.
Each terrorist had been killed by a single head shot - the snipers having spent the past few days rehearsing the ambush in minute detail.
The SAS troopers had been warned that only a direct head shot would guarantee that bombs would not be detonated.
Only three of the four snipers fired, the fourth was to act as a back-up in case one of the weapons jammed or a sniper lost sight of his target.
The message that the terrorists had been killed was sent back to the SAS headquarters and the troops moved forward to check the bodies for life. As they gingerly approached it became brutally apparent that the .338 calibre round - the biggest rifle bullet used by the Army - had done its job.
Operation Marlborough was hailed as a complete success and one of the rare occasions on which the coalition has been able to deliver a decisive blow against suicide bombers.
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November 21st, 2005 01:03 AM
Outstanding action - good for the guys involved (except insurgents LOL!).
I may be an American now but I sure as heck know how good those SAS guys can be - Kudos to them. Rock on.
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November 21st, 2005 03:48 AM
Outstanding op by our Brit allies!
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November 21st, 2005 04:17 AM
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November 21st, 2005 08:10 AM
Now that is what a sniper does.
Good on the SAS teams. I saw a program on Discovery IIRC about their training and the 338 Laupa chambered rifle they use. Good stuff.
November 21st, 2005 09:40 AM
SAS, you just gotta love'em!
They usually manage to pull off the best operations.
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November 21st, 2005 08:16 PM
+1 on that
Originally Posted by acparmed
November 23rd, 2005 08:56 PM
Once again, "the lads" from Hereford deliver!
November 23rd, 2005 09:15 PM
WHO DARES WINS ------ They're great soldiers with a "yeah,no problem" attitude. As always they have my respect.--------
November 23rd, 2005 09:24 PM
I had always believed that head shots would be somewhat less effective on suicide type bombers since they obviously don't have too much in the way of functioning brain material up there in the first place.
I'm happy to discover that I've been wrong in my belief.
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November 24th, 2005 09:14 PM
Somehow the intel musta told someone that the BG's didn't have a "dead man switch" or else no kinda shot would have mattered.--------
November 24th, 2005 09:23 PM
338 Laupa now see thats what im talking about big and boomy glad there using enough gun for the job :) kind of welll.... never mind
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