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Preacherman
November 20, 2005, 10:54 PM
From the Telegraph, London (http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/11/20/nsas120.xml):

Snipers' head shots had to kill terrorists simultaneously to prevent explosions

(Filed: 20/11/2005)

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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buy guns
November 20, 2005, 11:15 PM
thats awesome

Phyphor
November 20, 2005, 11:57 PM
I knew we could! :evil:

71Commander
November 21, 2005, 06:17 AM
Outstanding.:)

C-grunt
November 21, 2005, 06:21 AM
Man think of the poor sap who had to clean that up.:evil:

Fly320s
November 21, 2005, 07:02 AM
[Hannibal from A-Team] I love it when a plan comes together. [/A-Team]

Or, if your prefer Ghost Busters: "Nice shootin', Tex."

Janitor
November 21, 2005, 07:14 AM
Kicka$$

shermacman
November 21, 2005, 07:32 AM
I love a story with a happy ending!

El Tejon
November 21, 2005, 09:32 AM
Jolly good show then.

The Duke of Marlbough would be most pleased.:D

*Duke of Marlbough accent* "Yes, quite."

one45auto
November 21, 2005, 09:58 AM
Woo-hoo! Way to go, boys!

Dang, that makes me proud.

Better yet, you know that once word gets around the next few terrorists to leave their quarters will be experiencing some major pucker factor. Nice to have them looking over their shoulders for a change, eh? :)

al.ulak
November 21, 2005, 11:44 AM
To crank up Filter.

Twycross
November 21, 2005, 12:15 PM
Excellent... Now if only the .338 really was the biggest bullet.:rolleyes:

bamawrx
November 21, 2005, 12:18 PM
I saw a tv show on the brit's sniper school. They showed them doing just this with several targets being engaged at the same time. It was very cool to hear one shot and see several targets get hit. They used the radio to establish a cadence in a similar fashion to precision flight demostrations.

We also did the same thing in a randy cain practical rifle class, and it isn't easy.

Brian41
November 21, 2005, 12:23 PM
that is freakin amazing.... and quite impressive as well.
way to go fellas!!

R.H. Lee
November 21, 2005, 12:38 PM
How are those things detonated? If with an electrical current, all they have to do is rewire and install a 'deadman' switch.

yorec
November 21, 2005, 12:41 PM
<Radio traffic>

"Alpha target aquired..."
"Beta target aquired..."
"Charlie target aquired..."
"Team four ready..."
"Standby... tree... two... one... contact..."
Bang! Bang! Bang!

"Targets all neutralized, Team four standing down."

</Radio traffic>

Cheers boys! :evil:

Waitone
November 21, 2005, 12:43 PM
Anyone got a make on the rifle, a .338? If it is what I am thinking, it had to smart being on the receiving end. :what:

Ric
November 21, 2005, 12:53 PM
that's awesome, geat job by all

I also like the idea of suicide bomers carpooling:D seems like it makes things a lot easier.

enfield303
November 21, 2005, 12:57 PM
Peace through PRECISION Firepower.:D :D :evil: :evil:

Frandy
November 21, 2005, 01:01 PM
The rifle:

http://www.joint-operation.com/sniper.html

Reddog1
November 21, 2005, 01:03 PM
thumbs up to the SAS:) :)

71Commander
November 21, 2005, 01:41 PM
Anyone got a make on the rifle, a .338? If it is what I am thinking, it had to smart being on the receiving end. :what:

They didn't feel a thing and never the raport of the round. One second they were there, next......poof.;)

dasmi
November 21, 2005, 01:52 PM
Kicka$$

+1

Creeping Incrementalism
November 21, 2005, 02:26 PM
OMG Camping AWP Whores

Marko Kloos
November 21, 2005, 02:56 PM
OMG Camping AWP Whores

*snort*

Funniest thing I've read all month... :D

Phyphor
November 21, 2005, 05:45 PM
OMG Camping AWP Whores

Pepsi, when expelled through one's sinus cavaties at high velocity, stings quite a bit.....

50caliber123
November 21, 2005, 05:56 PM
.338 Laupa Magnum? Shoulda used Barrett's M82A1 in .50 BMG. That'll slow em' down. Then you can be a mile out, and no need to worry about being blown up. Or, alternatively, use thermal imaging to eliminate targets behind walls (see Navy Seals, movie).

71Commander
November 21, 2005, 06:14 PM
Then you can be a mile out, and no need to worry about being blown up.

Regardless what VPC avows, that would be a next to impossible shot. I would say 200 yds would be ideal.

f4t9r
November 21, 2005, 08:53 PM
very nice job

PaladinVC
November 21, 2005, 09:09 PM
200 yards? If you miss, and one of them goes off, you might get goo on you.

AWP = teh n00b weapon

For you Soldat (http://www.soldat.pl) players, "Barretards".

Farnham
November 21, 2005, 11:49 PM
OMG Camping AWP Whores

snort...snort...snicker...Dude...snort...that...giggle...that...HA HA HA...that was funny right there...rofl...

Stand_Watie
November 22, 2005, 12:23 AM
Regardless what VPC avows, that would be a next to impossible shot. I would say 200 yds would be ideal.

Extremely difficult, yes. But if my memory serves correctly, a potentially possible shot. I belive that histories greatest sniper shots were approximately one mile out. I don't know that there is a substantial difference between .338 and .50 though. I think Hathcock in Vietnam had a longstanding record with a .308, which was recently beaten by just 50 or a hundred yards by a Canadian sniper team in Afghanistan with a .50

rudolf
November 22, 2005, 12:49 AM
Excellent... Now if only the .338 really was the biggest bullet.:rolleyes:

"much like the British SAS used Barrett M82A1's to engage Scud missile launchers in the first Gulf War."

http://www.snipercentral.com/50bmg.htm

Either they downsized, or they didn't want to splatter the ragheads too much :)

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