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Posted: 4/21/2010 6:07:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/21/2010 6:07:44 AM EDT by MarkNH]

British Army snipers from Fire Support Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, have engaged with enemy insurgents in a firefight near Shahzad in south west Helmand.

Tasked with providing flanking protection for Army bomb disposal teams the Royal Welsh marksmen held insurgents back from positions in a towered compound as their colleagues moved through the area.

The action was part of building on the progress of Op MOSHTARAK.

The team had been tasked to secure a compound, but on patrolling towards the location they came under heavy fire from Taliban fighters.

One of the Royal Welsh snipers (Sniper 2) said:

"We left our patrol base just before first light towards the compound we wanted to go to and came under contact.

"We carried out our drills and observed, but couldn't see anyone so pushed on and that's when all hell broke loose. We were attacked by different weapons and people, so we moved under fire towards the compound."

The commander in charge of the team continued:

"Straight inside, after the complete adrenaline outside, we were expecting them [the insurgents] to be in the compound, but we were confronted by four children, an elderly man and his wife.

"The lads switched on straight away, cleared the compound of the locals and the interpreter dealt with them.

"From there I co-ordinated the snipers up onto the roof. As soon as they started observing we took fire from small arms, with shots hitting the compound wall to our front."

The snipers had to use their observation skills to clearly identify the insurgents from the locals.

Another of the snipers commented:

"Once we got up into the tower we identified the enemy with a weapon and distinguished between them and civilians who they were using as human shields at the time.

"We had sniper rifles, the .338, which is a precision weapon, so we were able to take clean shots without injuring any civilians."

Sniper 2 added:

"When I was observing, first of all I saw women and children. I was trying to find the firing points because they had been using 'murder holes', holes in walls which they've knocked out so they can stick their rifle through.

"I was checking the walls for that. At the end of the wall I saw an insurgent take a knee, raise his weapon up to his shoulder and fire a burst at our compound, so I took my aim, took my time with the shot, and engaged him."

Link Posted: 4/21/2010 6:10:53 AM EDT
.338 Excedrin headache medicine for the win.
Link Posted: 4/21/2010 6:19:15 AM EDT
I searched for remorse... even a little... and could find none.
Link Posted: 4/21/2010 6:22:18 AM EDT
The AWM is a truly awesome toy.
Link Posted: 4/21/2010 6:23:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By EightySecond:
I searched for remorse... even a little... and could find none.

Link Posted: 4/21/2010 6:30:28 AM EDT
.338 will jack you up. Nice shooting on the low life scum using human shield..ha your still dead.
Link Posted: 4/21/2010 6:33:46 AM EDT
That's the kind of aggressive action that lessen the use of human shields, in the long run.

We should be IO'ing the shit out of this story. Bad guys, if you use human shields, we'll dead you.
Link Posted: 4/21/2010 6:35:06 AM EDT
Kicks ... Much ... Ass!
Link Posted: 4/21/2010 7:26:21 AM EDT
Crush Kill Destroy
Link Posted: 4/21/2010 7:29:46 AM EDT
Sure must suck when you use every dirty trick in the book and still end up losing the fight.
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