A reader tips me off to this incredible story of a US sniper who took down an insurgent with an M24 from 1250 meters, probably the longest confirmed 7.62mm kill of the war. Minutes earlier, the insurgent had killed a US soldier. Later, the sniper learned the dead soldier was a good friend of his.
All told, the 10-strong Shadow sniper team, attached to Task Force 2/69, has killed just under 200 in the same period and emerged as the US Army’s secret weapon in Ramadi against the threat of the hidden Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or roadside bomb – the insurgency’s deadliest tactic.
Above the spot from which Staff Sgt Gilliland took his record shot, in a room at the top of a bombed-out observation post which is code-named Hotel and known jokingly to soldiers as the Ramadi Inn, are daubed “Kill Them All” and “Kill Like you Mean it”.
UPDATE: Jay Tea noted this sentence:
His quarry stood nonchalantly in the fourth-floor bay window of a hospital in battle-torn Ramadi, still clasping a long-barrelled Kalashnikov.
I had noticed the sentence, but it was to question whether it was really a “long-barrelled Kalashnikov” or more likely a Dragunov. But in thinking about that I overlooked an interesting fact.
Where was was the insurgent, who had just killed a US soldier, standing?
In the bay window of a hospital.
Of course, the proper response to this would be to question the Rules of Engagement that allow US soldiers to fire on hospitals.
UPDATE 2: Jimbo at Blackfive notes this story, as well.