A Special Air Service (SAS) sniper reportedly took out three Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists by shooting them through a brick wall from over a half mile away, using one of the most powerful rifles in the world.
The sniper, who holds the rank of staff sergeant in the SAS, the special forces unit of the British Army, used a semiautomatic Barrett light .50 caliber rifle to shoot the ISIS terrorists in Ramadi, Iraq.
By taking out the trio of terrorists, the sniper saved about 20 lives as part of a mission, referred to as a “classic SAS operation," according to military sources cited by the Daily Mail.
When the SAS discovered there were bombers inside of the command post in Ramadi, they reprtedly considered using an air strike or a rocket to stop the terrorists. They decided not to go through with either plan after discovering that innocent civilians were being used as human shields on the property.
Instead, the sniper set up nearly a kilometer, about .6 miles, away. He fired 30 rounds at the command post, virtually destroying an entire wall of the building.
"The bodies of the Islamic State fighter had been absolutely pulverized" by the gunshots, according to a source who spoke to the Daily Star on Jan. 3, according to the Daily Mail.
The source added that one terrorist was decapitated by the sniper and another was cut in half.
“The lives of around 20 civilians had been saved,” the source said. “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.”