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SAS crack team kill 30 Taliban in night-time desert firefight
Daily Mirror ^ | 29th July 2013 | Chris Hughes

Posted on 08/23/2013 11:41:06 AM PDT by the scotsman

'British special forces troops killed around 30 Afghan Taliban fighters in a night-time desert battle.

The crack team of SAS soldiers were sent in after a Taliban attack on a fort manned by Afghan government forces.

A US pilotless drone aircraft spotted the attackers and fired missiles at their convoy of trucks, blowing up two.

The survivors fled into the desert and the SAS were quickly flown in to hunt them down. They set up an ambush and after the rebel fighters opened fire, a battle raged through the night.

One SAS man survived a “quick-draw” shoot-out when he stumbled across a Taliban fighter. He pulled his gun and shot the rebel dead as a bullet from an AK47 hit him in the chest. His body armour stopped it and saved his life.

The battle last Wednesday in Helmand province was one of the most successful by special forces in recent years. And it came as 80 troops from the 4th Battalion, The Rifles were also sent into Sangin province to take on insurgents.'

(Excerpt) Read more at mirror.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; droningaboutdrones; unitedkingdom; waronterror

1 posted on 08/23/2013 11:41:06 AM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

http://www.eliteukforces.info/uk-military-news/29072013-sas-taliban.php

http://www.eliteukforces.info/


2 posted on 08/23/2013 11:43:18 AM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: the scotsman

This is how you fight the Taliban. Go on the offensive, and fight them at night when they are at the disadvantage. Right now, we sit and wait to be attacked. This is stupid!


3 posted on 08/23/2013 11:45:10 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: the scotsman
Body armor stopped a 7.62 at close range?

That's got leave a dinner-plate bruise.

4 posted on 08/23/2013 11:46:02 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: the scotsman

Body armor can stop 7.62 AK rounds at short range ?
News to me. Thats either very heavy or very high tech.


5 posted on 08/23/2013 11:46:37 AM PDT by buwaya
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To: the scotsman

Doing what Obungo won't let the American military do!

6 posted on 08/23/2013 11:53:20 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: the scotsman

“Who Dares Wins”


7 posted on 08/23/2013 11:54:16 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: the scotsman
His body armour stopped it and saved his life.

Ouch. Prayers up for the warrior. That's gonna leave a bruise.

/johnny

8 posted on 08/23/2013 11:57:16 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: corkoman

“Body armor stopped a 7.62 at close range?
That’s got leave a dinner-plate bruise.”

The article didn’t say at close range. It’s unknown how far away the shooter was. He might have been some distance away.


9 posted on 08/23/2013 12:03:09 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: buwaya

Must have had a ceramic plate.

Good for one stop as it shatters.


10 posted on 08/23/2013 12:03:39 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: the scotsman

Jolly good lads!

Crack on!


11 posted on 08/23/2013 12:04:52 PM PDT by petro45acp (It's a fabian thing.....how do you boil a frog? How's that water feelin right about now?)
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To: the scotsman

Body armor stopped a 7.62mm round?
Wow. Lucky boy. I hope he gets thoroughly checked out by the med guys for internal injuries.
Armor doesn’t usually stop a rifle round.


12 posted on 08/23/2013 12:06:42 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Gun Control is the Key to totalitarianism and genocide.)
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To: the scotsman

Hmm...getting into a short-range shootout with the SAS is not a career-enhancing move. I don’t think my insurance even covers it.


13 posted on 08/23/2013 12:09:06 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: the scotsman

I don’t think stopping an AK-47 round is all that difficult now.

A few years ago a local went crazy shooting at anyone he saw with an SKS. He shot the local police chief in the chest but his vest stopped the bullet.


14 posted on 08/23/2013 12:13:54 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: the scotsman
Thank you SAS, for sending these Tliban animals home to their moon-god.

WHO DARES WINS!

15 posted on 08/23/2013 12:18:10 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: the scotsman

Body armor, night vision, air support, and taking the initiative put the Taliban on the run.


16 posted on 08/23/2013 12:20:59 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: yarddog
Body armor stopped a 7.62mm round?

Level III will do it.

17 posted on 08/23/2013 12:25:29 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel
Level III will do it.

If it was an AP rd or 30.06 or 7.62 x 51 (.308) he may not be here.

Need Level IV for better protection.

18 posted on 08/23/2013 12:36:18 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: the scotsman

Mess with the best, die with the rest.


19 posted on 08/23/2013 12:38:36 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: 2banana

I remember those ceramic plate vests..really heavy sob`s...

I`d say congrats to those bad @ss SAS troops for a great

job taking out those killers


20 posted on 08/23/2013 1:00:19 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: the scotsman

SO 80 is a team somewhat bigger than a platoon but smaller than a company?

or something


21 posted on 08/23/2013 1:08:33 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Harold Shea

whatever happened with that DragonSkin armor?


22 posted on 08/23/2013 1:10:29 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Billthedrill; the scotsman

The muzzie was fortunate the SAS bloke shot him. It would have been far more painful had he used his bare hands.


23 posted on 08/23/2013 1:14:24 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: buwaya

There are hundreds of variations of 7.62 X 39 ammo around. and it’s been around for half a century so some of it is old. The SAS might have taken a hit, for instance, from a grenade launching round. One would not want to take any bets on body armor stopping iron cored ball ammo. Another thing that happens is that a lot of the ME weapons have been so poorly maintained and shot dirty that the bores and gas pistons aren’t tight so the slug might not have been “full power”. This was what happened to many of Saddam’s tank guns-—they shot low and ineffectively because the bores were worn out.


24 posted on 08/23/2013 1:25:36 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: the scotsman

Need to move these warriors into Detroit.


25 posted on 08/23/2013 1:48:53 PM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Not everyone (US forces) over there sits and waits...believe me, there are plenty of scary guys that work in the night, in the shadows...


26 posted on 08/23/2013 1:48:59 PM PDT by sandboxshooter (Iraq, Afghanistan, War)
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To: GeronL

Forbidden for use by DOD...


27 posted on 08/23/2013 1:50:22 PM PDT by sandboxshooter (Iraq, Afghanistan, War)
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To: the scotsman

Was Chelsea Manning a part of the group?


28 posted on 08/23/2013 1:53:19 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks the scotsman.
A US pilotless drone aircraft spotted the attackers and fired missiles at their convoy of trucks, blowing up two. The survivors fled into the desert and the SAS were quickly flown in to hunt them down.

29 posted on 08/23/2013 2:38:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: GeronL

Yes, pretty much.

A British platoon can be from 30 to 75 men, a company 80 to 250.


30 posted on 08/23/2013 2:39:31 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: the scotsman
"One SAS man survived a “quick-draw” shoot-out when he stumbled across a Taliban fighter. He pulled his gun and shot the rebel dead as a bullet from an AK47 hit him in the chest. His body armour stopped it and saved his life."

These SAS guys got balls.
They have my respect and thanks for doing a tough job.

31 posted on 08/23/2013 2:44:14 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: the scotsman

I like the British soldiers who are not PC-indoctrinated.

I think “Kill the Bastards” is an old Brit battle cry.

I LIKE IT!


32 posted on 08/23/2013 3:53:43 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: buwaya

Actually, a round doesn’t reach max velocity until about 50 feet out depending. If you have to get shot, close range is better.


33 posted on 08/23/2013 4:43:04 PM PDT by gr8eman (Ron Swanson for President!)
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To: the scotsman

God bless the Brits. They are damn fine Soldiers. The Aussies too.


34 posted on 08/23/2013 7:28:33 PM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks the scotsman.
A US pilotless drone aircraft spotted the attackers and fired missiles at their convoy of trucks, blowing up two. The survivors fled into the desert and the SAS were quickly flown in to hunt them down. They set up an ambush and after the rebel fighters opened fire, a battle raged through the night.

35 posted on 08/24/2013 7:50:19 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: the scotsman
President Obama misunderstood the term *Crack* Team.
36 posted on 08/24/2013 8:52:59 AM PDT by Patriot95
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To: corkoman
Body armor stopped a 7.62 at close range?

They say everything is an AK-47. It was probably an AK-74, which is the 5.56mm and not the 7.62mm.

They look alike.

37 posted on 08/24/2013 3:18:49 PM PDT by occamrzr06 (Anything Can Happen!)
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