SAS sniper blew the head off a terrorist commander while he was teaching Islamic State recruits how to decapitate prisoners
The SAS team had received information from several MI6 agents in the area which revealed the location of a terrorist training camp on the outskirts of a small village close to a school.
“One minute he was standing there and the next his head had exploded” – An SAS marksman
The location meant it could not be attacked in an air strike because of the risk of collateral damage.
The SAS unit was made up of two teams of four armed with long range sniper rifles, machine guns and rocket launchers.
Another 12-man team was based two miles away in civilian vehicles and was ready to deploy as a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) if needed.
The SAS team remained hidden for almost 12 hours before launching the attack.
The troopers waited for the Isis commander to begin showing around 20 recruits how to cut the heads off prisoners.
While he was demonstrating cutting motions using knives, axes and a sword the SAS sniper was given the all-clear to open fire.
A source said: “The SAS team had been in position for about 12 hours.
“They had been told that the Isis commander was the head executioner in the area.
“He was an extremely sadistic and ruthless individual, feared by the locals and the jihadis alike.
“The intelligence said that he was over six feet tall, had a long black beard and wore white robes which was unusual for ISIS fighters.