The British SAS And The Exploding Heads Of The Islamic State In Syria

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Ah, war stories. They grow with every telling. To wit, take this tale of daring-do from battle-torn Syria where Britain’s Special Air Service (SAS), a commando-style unit, is allegedly squaring off against the rag-bag militias of the Islamic State (IS). First up is the right-wing tabloid slut-shamers of the Daily Star who are thrilled by reports of an incredible long-distance shot across almost 1200 metres of open desert:

“AN SAS sniper blew the head off a terrorist commander while he was teaching Islamic State recruits how to decapitate prisoners.

The shooter fired at a range of almost 1,200 metres after his team sneaked into a terrorist-controlled enclave of northern Syria two weeks ago.

It is understood the marksman was using a special bullet which “tumbles” when it strikes a target, causing a massive wound.

“The SAS sniper was using a Dan.338 equipped with a suppressor which reduces the sound and eliminates any flash from the barrel.

He had to aim off by more than a foot.

He had assumed it would take at least two shots to kill the commander but the first shot hit him in the back of the head.

One minute he was standing there and the next his head had exploded.

The commander remained standing upright for a couple of seconds before collapsing and that’s when panic set in.”

The Israeli-manufactured IWI DAN .338 Lapua Magnum long-range rifle was introduced to the international market in 2014. A bolt action weapon with a ten-round magazine, an integral flash hider, and a maximum effective range of 1200 metres, it was adopted by the SAS in 2014-15, replacing the previous L115A .338 rifle (the Accuracy International AWM .338), a so-so performing UK model acquired in 2001 and upgraded in 2008.