SYRIA — A British Special Air Service sniper saved a Syrian man and his son from being beheaded by shooting an ISIS soldier from a kilometer away seconds before he was going to execute them.
The shooting reportedly happened last month in northern Syria near the Turkish border. An unnamed defence source told the Daily Star that there were several decapitated bodies already lying on the ground. The father and son were blindfolded and pulled in front of the crowd to be put on trial and executed because they wouldn't denounce their faith in the Shia sect of Islam.
Tipped off by Iraqi spies, British forces considered conducting an airstrike with a Reaper drone but decided against it because of the number of civilians in the village. Instead, the sniper used a .50 caliber rifle with a silencer.
The anonymous source described the scene to the Daily Star, saying: "Through binoculars the soldiers could see that the crowd were terrified and many were in tears."
"A tall bearded man emerged and drew a long knife."
"He began addressing the crowd and slapping the father and his son around the head and kicking them on to the floor."
"Standing either side of the executioner were two other ISIS fighters, both armed with AK-47s."
"The ISIS thug who was about to decapitate the father was shot in the head and collapsed."
"The sniper then dispatched the two henchmen with single shots — three kills with three bullets."
"Someone from the crowd then ran over and untied the father and son's hands and took their blindfolds off."
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