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The war against ISIS has seen an allied front as soldiers from Western countries and Russia have been constantly deployed to cities and towns held by the terrorist group. In one report, a British SAS sniper was said to have blown the head off an ISIS leader teaching a group of twenty on how to properly behead captives. The shot was made from 4,000 feet away, and took a single bullet to make the kill.
The Special Air Service, or SAS, is a special forces unit of the British Army. Founded in 1941 initially as a regiment, the SAS was later reformed as a corps in 1950. This unit conducts reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, intelligence gathering and direct action missions.
There are three SAS units, one regular and two reserve. 22 SAS Regiment, the regular army unit, is comprised of four operational squadrons named A, B, D and G. Each squadron has approximately 65 men and is divided into four troops which specialize in certain areas of warfare: boat troop for maritime skills, air troop for parachuting, mobility troop for vehicles and desert warfare, mountain troop for Arctic combat and survival.
The SAS can trace its origins back to World War II and the UK’s need for a special unit to undertake highly skilled operations. The 22 SAS Regiment gained worldwide fame after a successful rescue of hostages at the Iranian Embassy in London in 1980.
Little is known about the SAS, as the British government has kept their operations top secret in the years that the unit has been operating. The SAS has, without a doubt, played a big part in post-World War II conflicts around the world, such as the Korean War and the Gulf War and has made a name for itself as a highly skilled, elite fighting force.