British sniper kills six Taliban with single bullet from half a mile away


Blackleaf
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With a Taliban fighter looming in his sights half a mile away, the British sniper knew a clean shot would take down his enemy.

What he could not have known was that the single bullet he fired would account for five more insurgents.

But, incredibly, his rifle round triggered the explosive vest worn by his target, killing all those around him.

The record-breaking shot was fired by a Coldstream Guards marksman on one of the last missions to be carried out by British troops in Afghanistan.

UK forces are preparing to leave their last frontline base in Helmand as part of their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The sniper, a lance corporal who cannot be named for security reasons, was on a mission to intercept a suspected suicide bomber.

Commanders feared the insurgent was planning to blow himself up at either a UK base, an Afghan security checkpoint or a civilian target such as a school or government building.


British sniper kills SIX Taliban fighters with a SINGLE bullet: Ace marksman hit suicide bomber's explosive vest from half a mile


Record-breaking shot was fired by a Coldstream Guards marksman
Was on one of the last missions by British troops in Afghanistan
Sniper, who cannot be named, was intercepting a suicide bomber
Commanders feared insurgent wanted to blow himself up at a UK base

By Ian Drury (external - login to view)
1 April 2014
Daily Mail

With a Taliban fighter looming in his sights half a mile away, the British sniper knew a clean shot would take down his enemy.

What he could not have known was that the single bullet he fired would account for five more insurgents.

But, incredibly, his rifle round triggered the explosive vest worn by his target, killing all those around him.


Deadly: How the lance corporal from the Coldstream Guards took down six insurgents with a single shot


Lt Col Richard Slack (centre), Commander of the 9/12th Royal Lancers, and Col John Mead (right) take a last look at the frontline of the Helmand river outside Sterga 2 Observation Post


Game of table football anyone? Day to day life continues for British soldiers from 4 Scots and 9/12th Royal Lancers at the Sterga post

The record-breaking shot was fired by a Coldstream Guards marksman on one of the last missions to be carried out by British troops in Afghanistan.

UK forces are preparing to leave their last frontline base in Helmand as part of their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The sniper, a lance corporal who cannot be named for security reasons, was on a mission to intercept a suspected suicide bomber.

Commanders feared the insurgent was planning to blow himself up at either a UK base, an Afghan security checkpoint or a civilian target such as a school or government building.


Down time: The isolated Sterga base is manned by soldiers from 4 Scots and 9/12th Royal Lancers. Located around 18miles from Camp Bastion, it allows British troops to watch over a huge swathe of central Helmand and two key roads


Captain Ed Challis (left) and Major Guy Simpson, commanding officers of the last British frontline base outside Camp Bastion


The build-up of the Afghan army and police's capability is a key plank in the decision to end UK combat operations. Since January 1, the ANSF have requested British help on just one occasion in this stretch of Helmand

Some 335 soldiers from the Brigade Reconnaissance Force and 90 Afghan troops were deployed on the operation on December 14 last year. As they moved to tackle the suicide bomber, they ran into fire from a group of 20 Taliban.

As they moved to tackle the suicide bomber, a massive firefight broke out with up to 20 insurgents at about 9.30am.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Slack, commanding officer of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, who was overseeing the operation at Kakaran, said: ‘The guy wearing the vest was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming over a ditch.

‘He had a winter shawl on which rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun. He was moving to a firing position when the sniper engaged him and the guy exploded.


The lack of UK operations has raised hopes presidential elections held on April 5 will be a success, although commanders acknowledge the vote is likely to be blighted by Taliban attacks



Lt Col Richard Slack (pictured left), praised the sniper, saying: 'He has had a great tour of duty'. Pictured right, soldiers on the base at the Sterga 2 Observation Point

‘There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said: “I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber.” The rest of them were killed in the blast.’

The sniper also killed a Taliban machine gunner from a staggering 4,400ft with the first shot of his tour of duty.

It is believed he was using a British-built L115A3 Long Range Rifle, the Army's most powerful sniper weapon. He was so far away the 8.59mm-calibre bullet would have taken one second to reach the target.

Lt Col Slack said: ‘He has had a great tour of duty.’

Surveillance for the operation was carried out by British troops based at Sterga 2, the observation post built on high ground overlooking the Helmand River.


Elections: Separately on Monday, presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah held a campaign rally in Panjshir province. Sterga 2 will operate 10 polling stations on Saturday


A police officer stands with his weapon at a checkpoint in Kabul. Some 450 UK troops have died since operations began in Afghanistan in October 2001

Located around 18miles from Camp Bastion, it allows UK forces to watch over a huge swathe of central Helmand and two key roads, Highway One and Route 601.

The isolated base is manned by a company of troops from the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, 4th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers.

It uses powerful cameras and sophisticated radars to keep watch for signs of the Taliban trafficking guns, bomb-making equipment or rockets.

The state-of-the-art cameras are attached to a surveillance balloon – dubbed the ‘white whale’ by insurgents – which can monitor activity miles away.

Troops at Sterga 2 also use Desert Hawk 3 drones – controlled by a Play Station-style handset – to spy on the area.

Details of any suspicious behaviour can be relayed to the Afghan National Security Forces – trained by British troops – who investigate.

The build-up of the Afghan army and police’s capability is a key plank in the decision to end UK combat operations at the end of the year.

And since January 1, the ANSF have requested British help on just one occasion in this stretch of Helmand.

No UK operations have been carried out in the fertile ‘green zone’ – where most of the population live – since 7th Armoured Brigade, known as the Desert Rats, began their six-month tour of duty last autumn.

It has raised hopes that the presidential elections on April 5 will be a success – although commanders acknowledge the vote is likely to be blighted by Taliban attacks.

Sterga 2 will be able to monitor 10 polling stations in a bid to make sure civilians remain safe.

Lt Col Slack – who runs the Istar Group for Task Force Helmand, which is responsible surveillance and intelligence – said Helmand was ‘absolutely unrecognisable’ from when he deployed in 2007.

He said: ‘I think there is a sense of history and if the elections are delivered in a secure and transparent way, I think it is a historic moment and I’m proud to be part of it.’


British forces using helicopters to help move soldiers and their equipment to minimise the risk of road movements and the threat of IEDs


From the top: A soldier looks out from a British helicopter. Lt Col Slack, said that he will not be able to sleep properly until the last one of his soldiers is off the ground and 'back home safely'


A British sniper team patrolling Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2006. The sniper that killed six Taliban with one shot was on one of the last missions carried out by UK troops in Afghanistan

Lt Col Slack, who lost one soldier Lance Corporal James Brynin, 22, of the Intelligence Corps, during his stint in charge, acknowledged the cost in lives and money during the war had been ‘heavy’.

He said: ‘The price has been heavy for the Army and in particular it has been heavy for the families of those nearly 450 [dead troops], and no one is under any illusions about that.

‘I will finish my tour knowing one of our NCOs will not be coming home and that is a heavy price to pay.

‘Has it been worth it? At my level when I look at security that is here and the way the ANSF have developed I certainly think it’s been worth it.

‘But as a commanding officer I’m not going to sleep properly until the last one of my soldiers is off the ground and back home safely.’

Captain Ed Challis, who was in charge of Sterga 2, said he was not thinking of being at the last British outpost of the war.

He said: ‘I’d imagine once I get back it’s something I’ll look back on and sort of realise the historical importance of it but at the moment we’re just focussing on our primary role here. Once I’ve got a beer in hand and looking back at what’s been achieved it will sink in.’


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DaSleeper
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Ad Nauseum
 
Blackleaf
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We've known all along that British troops are the best in the world.
 
captain morgan
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You keep telling yourself that very, very often
 
DaSleeper
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

You keep telling yourself that very, very often

Yup....the guy is suffering from delusions of adequacy .....
 
Blackleaf
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British Army is the best in the world and its soldiers are the best trained in the world. That's the truth.
 
lone wolf
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Has anyone suffered rotator cuff injuries for patting their own back?

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Furlong (external - login to view)
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

Yup....the guy is suffering from delusions of adequacy .....


Any psychiatrist will tell you that more often than not, individuals that go on in attempts to detail some form of adequacy (or worse, superiority) are, in fact, questioning the very issue that they believe to have confidence in.

Case in point; Blackie, goes on about the superiority of the British military, when in fact, his posts are really a cry for help and further, validation of what he yearns to be true in the face of conflicting fact.

Take his rants on the Navy in his nation... Everyone (including he) knows that it is a pretend armada... Has yet to exist, so in other words, a figment of a twisted mind that lacks any confidence.
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

British Army is the best in the world and its soldiers are the best trained in the world. That's the truth.

ha, if that were true you'd still have an Empire.
 
lone wolf
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They do.... It just all moved home. That, he no brag about
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by WLDBView Post

ha, if that were true you'd still have an Empire.


Well the British Empire was incorporated into the Rothchild zionist Empire three hundred years ago and nobody told Blackplaque.
 
Nuggler
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Has to be another April fool !!
 
EagleSmack
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A bullet triggered an explosive vest. Hardly the first time that happened.

FAIL
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

A bullet triggered an explosive vest. Hardly the first time that happened.

FAIL


Well dang, I missed that. Reading comp. way down. sorry. damn. jeez.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

Well dang, I missed that. Reading comp. way down. sorry. damn. jeez.

Yup. Hit a guy with an explosive vests.

Mortar men are the best snipers around then.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

We've known all along that British troops are the best in the world.

Reason why the Colonies came to rescue the UK not once but twice?
 
Angstrom
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British sniper kills six Taliban with single bullet from half a mile away.

600 more To join the Taliban the next day To avenge the 6 dead.
 
EagleSmack
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Angstrom
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I wonder when dose it becom ethnique cleansing of Taliban?
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by AngstromView Post

I wonder when dose it becom ethnique cleansing of Taliban?

Taliban are not an ethnic group
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Taliban are not an ethnic group

Maybe the british aren't either.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Maybe the british aren't either.

But the English are special, real special like.
 
Locutus
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Boss Sniper - Difficulty Mythic

Specialist Blackleaf: achievement unlocked
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Boss Sniper - Difficulty Mythic

Specialist Blackleaf: achievement unlocked

I guess the Brits got bored with pinning Danish troops down with perpetual Javelin strikes.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Yup. Hit a guy with an explosive vests.

Mortar men are the best snipers around then.

Ahem, having served with long range Snipers, 1 RCHA, I would have to go with artillery.
Even close gets them a cigar.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Ahem, having served with long range Snipers, 1 RCHA, I would have to go with artillery.
Even close gets them a cigar.

Having served with nuclear missileers, I would have to say


 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Having served with nuclear missileers, I would have to say


Ahem, I raise ya one.

 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Ahem, having served with long range Snipers, 1 RCHA, I would have to go with artillery.
Even close gets them a cigar.

I stand humble and corrected.

Splash over and splash out.
 
Locutus
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Having served with nuclear missileers

Since a nuclear missile has never been fired in anger, may I suggest you 'bitch please' your little hypothetical idea and leave it to the real soldiers.

The forum thanks you hon.



 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Since a nuclear missile has never been fired in anger, may I suggest you 'bitch please' your little hypothetical idea and leave it to the real soldiers.

The forum thanks you hon.



 
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