An elite military unit operating in Syria executed a ‘.50 caliber rescue’ to save a father and son from ISIS executioners.
The British SAS operators were near the Turkish border when they witnessed ISIS carrying out a series of so-called ‘trials’ of locals. The gruesome scene included several headless bodies already littering the desert floor.
Speaking to the UK’s Sunday Express, one Defence Ministry source said: “There were several decapitated bodies already lying on the ground. Through binoculars the soldiers could see that the crowd were terrified and many were in tears.”
The hardened commandos were moved to act when they witnessed a blindfolded man and his small child brought in front of the crowd and forced to kneel down.
The source continued: “They were both wearing blindfolds and looked terrified. A tall bearded man emerged and drew a long knife. He began addressing the crowd and slapping the father and his son around the head and kicking them on to the floor.
“Standing either side of the executioner were two other Isis fighters, both armed with AK47s.”
The soldiers initially considered a Reaper strike but quickly eliminated the idea because of the civilians in the area.
Instead, the team decided on a risky long-range rescue plan using their .50 caliber rifle.
From more than 1,000 meters away, the SAS marksman fired his .50 caliber rifle equipped with a suppressor.
The source added: “The ISIS thug who was about to decapitate the father was shot in the head and collapsed.
“Everyone just stared in confusion. The sniper then dispatched the two henchmen with single shots – three kills with three bullets.
“Someone from the crowd then ran over and untied the father and son’s hands and took their blindfolds off.
“They just stared at the bodies and then ran. They were last seen heading towards the Turkish border in a pick-up truck.
“It was a good day’s work.”