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Simultaneous headshots stop 3 suicide bombers
UK Telegraph ^ | 20/11/2005

Posted on 11/20/2005 6:39:09 AM PST by veronica

Early on a warm summer morning, a few hours before traffic began to fill the streets, a 16-man SAS patrol took up ambush positions around a Baghdad house, writes Sean Rayment.

The soldiers had been told that the house was a being used as a base by insurgents - and up to three suicide bombers were expected to leave it later that morning.

Dressed in explosive vests, they were fully equipped to hit a number of locations around the city. The bombers' targets were thought to be cafes and restaurants frequented by members of the Iraqi security forces.

The intelligence was regarded as "high grade" and came from an Iraqi agent who had been nurtured by members of the British Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6, for several months.

Expectation among the 16 soldiers, attached to Task Force Black (TFB), the secret American and British special forces unit based in the Iraqi capital, was high. Each member of the four four-man groups was a veteran of many missions where the intelligence promised much - only to deliver little.

The plan for Operation Marlborough was simple: allow the three suspected bombers to leave the house and get into the street, then kill them with head shots from the four sniper teams. Each team was equipped with L115A .338 sniper rifles, capable of killing at up to 1,000 yards.

The soldiers, liaising earlier with their commanders, had considered the option of entering the house and killing the terrorists - but that plan was regarded as too dangerous. The confines of the house would intensify the impact of any blast, killing everyone inside.

The SAS soldiers were told that it was vital that the three bombers would have to be killed simultaneously.

If one of them was allowed to detonate a device, scores of people could be killed or injured.

In support of the covert sniper teams was a Quick Reaction Force (QRF), which would provide a dozen extra soldiers within a few minutes in an emergency. The QRF was based in a secure location nearby and a team of ammunition technical officers were on hand to defuse the bombs.

A section of Iraqi police was also attached to the operation - although they were not briefed on the detail of the attack - to deal with any crowd trouble.

Meanwhile, 2,000 feet above the city of five million inhabitants, a CIA-controlled Predator unmanned air vehicle was providing a real-time video feed back to the TFB headquarters deep inside the secure green zone.

Shortly after 8am, Arabic translators, monitoring listening devices hidden inside the house, warned the operations centre inside the militarily controlled green zone that the three terrorist were on the move. The message "stand by, stand by" was dispatched to the four teams.

As the terrorists entered the street, a volley of shots rang out and the three insurgents slumped to the ground.

Each terrorist had been killed by a single head shot - the snipers having spent the past few days rehearsing the ambush in minute detail.

The SAS troopers had been warned that only a direct head shot would guarantee that bombs would not be detonated.

Only three of the four snipers fired, the fourth was to act as a back-up in case one of the weapons jammed or a sniper lost sight of his target.

The message that the terrorists had been killed was sent back to the SAS headquarters and the troops moved forward to check the bodies for life. As they gingerly approached it became brutally apparent that the .338 calibre round - the biggest rifle bullet used by the Army - had done its job.

Operation Marlborough was hailed as a complete success and one of the rare occasions on which the coalition has been able to deliver a decisive blow against suicide bombers.


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To: geezerwheezer

I know ya'll have probably seen this one before but I couldn't resist posting it.

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51 posted on 11/20/2005 7:28:17 AM PST by Malichi (!)
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To: veronica

Somewhere, Kurt Vonnegut weeps...

Good! And those of us who value human freedom, rejoice!


52 posted on 11/20/2005 7:28:46 AM PST by 75thOVI (Navy son, Navy vet, Navy husband........Marine dad. What's up with that?)
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To: veronica

Good work!


53 posted on 11/20/2005 7:29:16 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: veronica
As they gingerly approached it became brutally apparent that the .338 calibre round - the biggest rifle bullet used by the Army - had done its job.

Nothing brutal there, probably looked just like my yard, before I get the pooper-scooper out.

54 posted on 11/20/2005 7:35:32 AM PST by evolved_rage (Please sir, drop more daisy-cutters.)
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To: veronica
THAT'S what I call "arms control."

Bravo to the SAS.

55 posted on 11/20/2005 7:36:26 AM PST by Malacoda (Islam = deranged, evil suicide cult)
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To: texianyankee

Why wait?!!! It's noon somewhere!


56 posted on 11/20/2005 7:38:25 AM PST by ShutUpandSing
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To: veronica
SWEET!
57 posted on 11/20/2005 7:42:06 AM PST by harpu
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To: Squantos; archy; river rat; Eaker; Noumenon; TEXASPROUD

Ya think .338 to the head is "enought gun?"


58 posted on 11/20/2005 7:48:28 AM PST by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Ninian Dryhope
>>It is a bolt-action rather than a semi-automatic weapon. It has a magazine holding five rounds and is fitted with a telescopic sight. The gun fires a .338 lapua magnum bullet which can either be armour-piercing or incendiary, depending on the type of target.

So did they select incendiary or armor-piercing for the head shots? Inquiring minds want to know. :)

59 posted on 11/20/2005 7:48:30 AM PST by vikingd00d
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To: veronica
Problem, and this is it.

The soldiers, liaising earlier with their commanders, had considered the option of entering the house and killing the terrorists - but that plan was regarded as too dangerous. The confines of the house would intensify the impact of any blast, killing everyone inside.

Just who in the h3!! cares how many are dead. This is war and if they are in a bomb making operation, "Say goodbye". Too much PC!

60 posted on 11/20/2005 7:50:21 AM PST by Pit1
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To: veronica

[cue the theme from "The Magnificent Seven"]

"Baghdad...is Marlborough Country."


61 posted on 11/20/2005 7:51:32 AM PST by RichInOC ("I miss my head, Abdul.")
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To: veronica

Oh YEA!


62 posted on 11/20/2005 7:52:47 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: veronica

The report is exaspertating in its lack of final detail. Were bomb jackets found on the individuals killed? That's implied, of course, but it needs to be stated explicitly. And was the bomb-making house raided immediately? Were any additional people arrested in the house? Was there anyone else in the house? Had basic reportorial skills been applied, the author would have included that information.


63 posted on 11/20/2005 7:52:48 AM PST by beckett (Amor Fati)
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To: Pit1

I think they were worried about SAS being dead - and we better care about that - highly prized assets.


64 posted on 11/20/2005 7:53:32 AM PST by Dilbert56
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To: DevSix; Dog; Cap Huff
More details.

We did a war game years ago, where the SAS attempted to infiltrate our base. Glad it was just a game. [gulp]

65 posted on 11/20/2005 7:55:54 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Wormwood
"The first round takes care of the pick-up truck or lorry by shattering the engine block and, as the Taliban fighters try to find out what's going on, they're taken out by the sniper. At 1,200 metres, with the shot echoing around a valley, they won't have a clue what's going on.

Sounds like a plan to me.
Particularly the echoing – it’s hard enough to locate a sound source in built up areas like cities – in a mountain valley forget all about it.
66 posted on 11/20/2005 7:56:01 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: Spiff
I saw a photo online that showed the results of a sniper's bullet on a terrorist insurgent in Iraq. Those things literally turn a head inside out. Quite effective.

Probably looked something like this:

sniper results photo

67 posted on 11/20/2005 7:58:27 AM PST by edpc
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To: Lurker

“Splitting the engine block” might be stretching it a bit – but penetrating the cylinder wall will freeze it up.


68 posted on 11/20/2005 7:59:51 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: veronica

'Stupid infidels! They not recognize us now, eh, Abdul? Piece of pie!'
69 posted on 11/20/2005 8:04:50 AM PST by Eastbound
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To: veronica

The DemocRATS and their "human rights" groups aren't going to like this. These three jokers weren't read their Miranda rights prior to being dusted.

sarc/off


70 posted on 11/20/2005 8:06:34 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's no coincidence that the Democrat mascot is a jackass.)
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To: edpc
Interesting pic. Note the brand new sneakers and what appear to be brand new ballistic nylon mag pouches. This guy doesn't look like you're average 'dead ender' to me.

Other than the fact that he's dead of course.

L

71 posted on 11/20/2005 8:08:34 AM PST by Lurker (Tagline under construction. Watch for falling quips.)
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To: MrNatural
Obligatory Telegraph dig at US military 'incompetence'?

I think you're just reading into that what you want to see.

First of all- The Telegraph is the best newspaper in the UK, end of story. They are not a Pro-USA paper nor would I want them to be. They are thoroughly British and report from a British perspective- which is exactly as it should be. They are not afraid to paint the US in a good light but they are also not afraid to report a story that US conservatives might deem negative- which is also exactly as it should be.

At any rate... Nowhere did it say US Intelligence. This is often the story with intelligence anyway. Intelligence isn't 'US intelligence' per se. It's tidbits that come from the ground- i.e. Iraqis who think they might have heard about something or think they might know about something that is going down. How often do you think they're accurate?

Don't be so sensitive.

72 posted on 11/20/2005 8:10:50 AM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: veronica

Another important story ignored by the traitorous MSM.


73 posted on 11/20/2005 8:12:49 AM PST by aculeus
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To: veronica

Cool.


74 posted on 11/20/2005 8:18:17 AM PST by tiki
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To: Baynative

Excellent story. Not finding their promised virgins will be a big disappointment to the scumbags.


75 posted on 11/20/2005 8:23:49 AM PST by doug from upland
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To: veronica
A toast to heart-warming stories like this.


76 posted on 11/20/2005 8:35:23 AM PST by varyouga (We Are...PENN STATE!)
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To: veronica

OUTSTANDING!


77 posted on 11/20/2005 8:37:27 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Prodigal Son
..Don't be so sensitive..

Ok.

78 posted on 11/20/2005 8:39:31 AM PST by MrNatural ("...You want the truth!?...")
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To: veronica

Great news..great shooting!

I will pass on asking if a sniper ambush meets any kind of "Global Test" and instead join in the drinking (at noon,or whenever) of a toast to these brave troops.


79 posted on 11/20/2005 8:43:35 AM PST by CarolTX (Onward through the fog)
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To: Prodigal Son
" First of all- The Telegraph is the best newspaper in the UK, end of story"

I'll second that! It sure beats the heck out of most of the bird cage liners here in the US. Check it out online sometimes. I only wish I could still get it delivered. Before the blogs it was my best intelligence on the story behind the story when the klintons were reigning.

80 posted on 11/20/2005 8:54:15 AM PST by strongbow
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To: texianyankee
Once it gets past noon, I'm gonna pop 3 cold ones - in honor of the SAS!

Y'know, Tex, my philosophy is that somewhere, somehow, it noon some place on this earth.

Cheers!

81 posted on 11/20/2005 8:54:27 AM PST by woofer (I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow doesn't look good either.)
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To: veronica

Fantastic news....BUMP


82 posted on 11/20/2005 8:55:58 AM PST by indcons ("Not all muslims are terrorists; however, all terrorists today are muslims." - George Fernandez)
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To: Moonman62

Don't they though ? I'm just feeling all warm and fuzzy ;-)


83 posted on 11/20/2005 9:08:43 AM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: Malichi

ok 4 things.

1: Dawn of the Dead? do only headshots drop jihadist zombies?

2: GREAT JOB!

3: I wonder how many mud hutts that bullet went through before it finally stopped? I bet it just kept going until it hit the nearest mountain!

4: Way to instill the fear of god into those bastards!


84 posted on 11/20/2005 9:14:19 AM PST by Ainast
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To: veronica

This kind of story makes my day. Thanks!


85 posted on 11/20/2005 9:23:40 AM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: Ainast
do only headshots drop jihadist zombies?

As I understand it, the desired aimpoint is the brainstem, which is about the size of an apricot. Only a bullet placed there will immediately and completely incapacitate a terrorist so that he is unable to trigger an explosive device.

86 posted on 11/20/2005 9:28:02 AM PST by JCEccles
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To: Dilbert56
Dilbert,

Didn't mean that the SAS should go in, I thought a laser guided munition through the window. This business of sparing bad guys or their neighbors is very old and comes back to bite us in the Arss all the time.
87 posted on 11/20/2005 9:34:28 AM PST by Pit1
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To: veronica
With a decent sniper, anyone within its range is a dead man - even if they are wearing body armour."

Sniper's motto (or it ought to be):
Don't run, you'll only die tired."

88 posted on 11/20/2005 9:58:34 AM PST by Oatka (Hyphenated-Americans have hyphenated-loyalties -- Victor Davis Hanson)
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To: veronica

This is totally awesome!


89 posted on 11/20/2005 10:09:47 AM PST by CyberAnt ( I believe Congressman Curt Weldon re Able Danger)
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To: veronica

[[Each terrorist had been killed by a single head shot - the snipers having spent the past few days rehearsing the ambush in minute detail.]]

Outstanding! Ooorahhh!
Jarhead


90 posted on 11/20/2005 10:11:39 AM PST by Buffettfan
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To: starfish923
They usually come from folks who were brought up with guns and an appreciation of guns.

Not so, Starfish. I happen to know several ( now former ) members of the SAS and none of them came from gunslinging backgrounds.

A win for the good guys bump!

91 posted on 11/20/2005 10:17:06 AM PST by Churchillspirit (Anaheim Angels - 2002 World Series Champions)
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To: goldstategop
Thanks for the good news, Veronica.
92 posted on 11/20/2005 10:24:00 AM PST by Churchillspirit (Anaheim Angels - 2002 World Series Champions)
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To: Baynative; Libertina

I read about this yesterday on another thread that had this cool graphic showing the "team" configuration. Whew, I'm glad I keep my nose clean since I STILL haven't received my container of SMAW-NE urban burp guns.

Check out post # 36 he has it posted, truly awe inspiring.


93 posted on 11/20/2005 10:31:44 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: Lurker

"The .338 Lapua is a darn fine round, but talking about it 'splitting engine blocks' is crap."

Sounds like it would make an excellent deer hunting rifle though.



94 posted on 11/20/2005 10:35:43 AM PST by Adiemus
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To: Pit1
The soldiers, liaising earlier with their commanders, had considered the option of entering the house and killing the terrorists - but that plan was regarded as too dangerous. The confines of the house would intensify the impact of any blast, killing everyone inside.

Read slowly (and stop with this is a PC war BS!).

The concern was over causalities for those on OUR side (SAS specifically) - Meaning if the "go" was given on a direct assault / raid and one of the bombers inside managed to detonate themselves it would have the chance / probability of killing the SAS operators conducting the assault.

95 posted on 11/20/2005 10:36:16 AM PST by SevenMinusOne
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To: Sterco

"Clean up on isle three"

Break out the squeegee and the wet-dry vac.


96 posted on 11/20/2005 10:38:14 AM PST by Adiemus
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To: woofer; ShutUpandSing

Well, it's past noon-thirty already......

Cheers!


97 posted on 11/20/2005 10:41:23 AM PST by texianyankee
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To: muir_redwoods

Just wait. Wont be long before the UN says it is to devastating and should be banned.


98 posted on 11/20/2005 10:42:33 AM PST by pankot
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To: veronica

Well, it's not as if the bombers' dispositions had altered themselves at all. In fact, they never knew the difference.

That's gotta put a little "hesitancy" and damper into future suicide bomber activities.


99 posted on 11/20/2005 10:49:12 AM PST by Fruitbat
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To: starfish923
...They usually come from folks who were brought up with guns and an appreciation of guns.

google pic...

100 posted on 11/20/2005 10:54:26 AM PST by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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