An SAS sniper using the world’s most powerful rifle has reportedly shot dead an ISIS gunman from 1.5 miles away.
The bullet took three seconds to reach the throat of the victim, an Islamic State terrorist in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
The bullet took three seconds to hit its target. It is believed to be one of the most difficult “kills” in the regiment’s long history.
The SAS soldier, a sergeant who was a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, hit the Iraqi in the throat as he left a burned-out building.
The British marksman was using an American CheyTac M200 Intervention gun which retails £10,500 and can vaporise a person’s organs from 2,500m.
The CheyTac M200 has an built-in a computer which makes calculations to tell the shooter where to aim factoring in humidity, heat and wind.
It holds the record for the world’s longest shot and can reportedly reach distances of up to 3,000m using a special .408 round.
The bolt-action rifle is used by US special forces and it is believed the weapon was on loan to the SAS as part of a battlefield trial. The trooper only fired one shot during a four-hour game of “cat-and-mouse” with his Islamic State foe.
The terrorist, also operating as a sniper, was equipped with a Russian Dragunov rifle and had killed and wounded several soldiers.
The gunman would open fire, take down his target and wait for up to an hour before shooting again, our source said.
But his reign of terror came to an end when a SAS sniper group was brought into action.
The highly trained team tracked the terrorist as he moved between buildings on the edge of a village on the outskirts of Mosul in northern Iraq.
A source told The Star on Sunday: ‘It was a classic counter-sniper operation. The ISIS gunman was moving all the time to get into the best position to get a kill.
“It was like a game of cat-and-mouse and at one point the SAS almost gave up, believing that the terrorist had gone to ground.”
“The SAS team had him in their sights on several occasions but did not have the time to get a shot off. At such a long range there are so many factors which can affect the flight of the bullet.”
“He certainly knew how to use the ground to his advantage and had clearly received military training.”
“Just as the light was beginning to fade the gunman moved into what he thought was a safe location and lifted his rifle up into his shoulder before the SAS shot him dead.
“The distance was so far that it took almost three seconds for the bullet to hit the target.”