The SAS are going in… oh crap…

ISIS have a real problem on their hands.  Having learned how to evade fighter planes, the Brits have sent in 60 SAS to hunt down Jihadi John and his mates.

[A]  full squadron of troopers had initially been dispatched to Afghanistan for a separate operation, but have been diverted to battle Isis fanatics.

There have been reports this morning that one of their primary targets will be Jihadi John, the Briton believed to have killed British and American hostages in a series of gruesome executions.

The Sun quotes a senior Whitehall source as saying: ‘We made some good early progress against IS but they know how to avoid the jets now. The only way to defeat them is to get up close to them on the ground.

Initially, the squadron, from Hereford, had been due to travel to Afghanistan to hunt Taliban leaders before they were ordered to turn their attentions to Isis…

I suspect the ISIS fanatics will be a lot less fanatical once they have to cope with elite troops.  So far they have been playing war games on a mostly unarmed and unskilled population.  

While hunting for top Islamic State leaders on the ground, they will also help to pinpoint targets for air strikes.

It comes a month after the Mail on Sunday revealed how SAS troops with sniper rifles and heavy machine guns had killed hundreds of Islamic State extremists in a series of deadly quad-bike ambushes inside Iraq.

At the time, defence sources indicated that soldiers from the elite fighting unit had eliminated ‘up to eight terrorists per day’ in the daring raids, carried out during the past four weeks.

Until then it had been acknowledged only that the SAS was operating in a reconnaissance role in Iraq and was not involved in combat.

But The Mail on Sunday was told that small groups of soldiers were being dropped into IS territory in RAF Chinook helicopters – to take on the enemy.

Targets were said to have been identified by drones operated either from an SAS base or by the soldiers themselves on the ground, who were using smaller devices.

The troops were said to be equipped with quad bikes – four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles that can have machine guns bolted on to a frame. They then hunted out IS units and were said to be attacking the terrorists using the element of surprise and under the cover of darkness.

The missions were reported to have taken place on a near daily basis in the previous four weeks and the SAS soldiers had expended so much ammunition that regimental quartermasters had been forced to order a full replenishment of stocks of machine-gun rounds and sniper bullets.

Just imagine those ISIS idiots running around being all tough at the end of a gun herding and killing unarmed and untrained civilians suddenly having to face one of the worlds best trained and resources fighters.

I suspect they’ve turned it into a virtual shooting gallery.

One has to wonder how many New Zealand wannabe ISIS fighters are still keen to leave the country to kill SAS soldiers in the name of Allah?

– Mail Online

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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