A British Special Air Service (SAS) soldier reportedly killed three Islamic State (ISIS) militants with a Gurkha knife after being caught in an ambush.
The SAS sergeant, 27, was part of a team in Iraq that entered a factory while searching for a sniper, the Daily Star reports. The troops were allegedly ambushed by ISIS militants, and several Iraqi soldiers were killed. The SAS soldier returned fire as he helped the injured troops escape danger.
The soldier reportedly ran out of ammunition and was caught by ISIS gunmen, but he was able to free himself using a kukri knife given to him by a British Gurkha soldier.
"As soon as his ammunition was expended, the [ISIS] gunmen tried to storm him," a senior defense source said, according to the Daily Star.
"As they went to grab him he unsheathed his kukri and began slashing away. He decapitated the first gunman, slit the throat of second and killed another with a third blow. He then sliced away at three others.
"The [ISIS] gunmen fled in panic, allowing the SAS soldier to carry the injured men to safety. He expected to be killed but thought he’d take as many of the enemy with him. When he was reunited with Iraqi troops they thought [that] he was seriously wounded because he was covered in blood, but he explained that the blood wasn’t his.
"He cleaned his knife, grabbed some more ammo and then led another Iraqi special forces team into battle.”
The incident came following a recent increase in American special forces fighting alongside SAS forces in the Middle East.
"A small number of special operations forces are already on the ground in Syria, and their expertise has been critical as local forces have driven [ISIS] out of key areas," U.S. President Barack Obama said in April, Mirror reported.
"Given their success I've approved the deployment of up to 250 additional U.S. personnel in Syria including special forces to keep up this momentum."