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An SAS sniper reportedly carried out a 'one in a million' shot to kill an ISIS chief from almost a mile away.
According to the Daily Star, senior SAS sources said the soldier managed to shoot his target through the skull at a range of over 1,500m at night. If that isn't enough, the shooter had only 15 seconds to carry out the task.
A source told the news outlet: "The shot was one in a million. Getting a one-round, one-kill head shot at night using thermal imagery in a 15-second target window is about as close to impossible as you can get but he pulled it off.
"He is definitely the best sniper around at the moment."
Although his identity is a closely guarded secret, the paper reports that he is believed to be a sergeant within the SAS G-Squadron, which is currently deployed on counter-terrorist missions in Syria and Iraq.
The paper also reports that the man has carried out a number of operation in Afghanistan and Iraq and is said to have killed over 100 people.
According to the report, he carried out his latest killer shot with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle.
A source told the Daily Star, the SAS unit were given intelligence which told them that an ISIS chief was due to arrive at a 'safe house' in a village near the Syrian border.
They went on to say that the village in question was being controlled by ISIS so a capture mission was out of the question.
"It is always preferable to capture rather than kill because of the potential to gather more intelligence," the unnamed source said.
"Instead a kill mission was planned. The SAS team had hoped that the ISIS commander would arrive during the day because a night shot was regarded as too dangerous.
"But as evening approached the team realised that they were going to have to either abort or go for a night shot. The sniper said he wanted to take the shot and was given a 'go order'."
As the man's vehicle pulled up at the property the sniper had just 15 seconds to locate his target, steady himself, aim and take fire.
The source the bullet hit the man on the back of the head, killing him instantly.
Source: The Daily Star
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