Helmand

Big H all the way

Prince Harry has cleared out the sinuses of a Taliban Commander with a handy Hellfire missile. I can’t wait for the footage to be released.

PRINCE Harry has killed his first Taliban commander, The Sun can reveal.

The 28-year-old gunship co-pilot was called on to unleash a missile strike to eliminate a senior terror leader.
Harry has proved a massive hit with comrades in Helmand, Afghanistan, who have nicknamed him Big H.

A defence insider said: “Big H is a legend.

“We were on patrol and the Apache helicopters were called in. We heard this posh voice come over the radio and knew it was Big H. They were tracking a Taliban leader — he was commander level.

“The Apache then let off some Hellfire missiles and its 30mm cannon and ‘boom’. It was Big H all the way.”

The Sun understands the decisive strike occurred in late October during a partnered patrol with Afghan troops hunting the Taliban chief.

Gunship co-pilot Harry is on tour in Helmand and has been flying daily combat missions helping “troops in contact” — the code given when ground forces are engaged by enemy fighters.

 

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Shot!

An Aussie sniper team has nailed a Taliban commander at a staggering 3079 yards (2815 meters) with a Barrett M82A1.

Earlier this year a Commando sniper team was secreted in Helmand. Through binoculars at a distance invisible to the naked eye they spotted a group of Taliban. The soldiers having means of identifying targets went through a process of obtaining verification and permission to engage.

Two marksmen using Barrett M82A1 50 calibre rifles simultaneously fired. The bullets were six seconds in the air. One killed the Taliban commander. It is not known for certain which sniper fired the fatal shot.

While there have been no triumphant press releases, in the tight global Special Forces sniper community the shot is much discussed, because it seems certain to be a world record.

As the bullet yawed through the thin air on a windless morning, GPS aids measured the distance at 2815m. That amounts to 2 1/2 times the length of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The targeted Taliban would not have heard the gunfire.

The previous world record achieved by British Corporal Craig Harrison occurred also in Helmand in November 2009. Firing from a distance of 2475m, Harrison killed two Taliban.

Do the count…Boom…1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi, 4 Mississippi, 5 Mississippi, 6 Mississippi, Smack!

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Faces of the Day

Military pallbearers carry the flag-draped coffin of Lieutenant Andrew Chesterman out of Bristol Cathedral. Chesterman, of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, was shot by enemy forces in Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Picture: Ben Birchall/PA