Last month, deep in the Syrian desert near the Turkish boarder, an 8 year old Shia minority and his father were awaiting to be beheaded by a crazed ISIS member after the two were convicted of being “infidels.” The Islamic State in Syria considers the Shia to be heretical.
The British SAS (Special Air Service) were tipped off on the forthcoming execution by an Iraqi spy and when the team arrived at the site, they found that numerous bodies already laid decapitated on the ground.
While an air strike was considered, the British military feared too many civilian deaths and decided instead to try for a long-range sniper shot using .50 caliber rifles. One source who witnessed the father and son dragged to the execution site while blindfolded described the event to the British paper, the Daily Star Sunday:
“They were both wearing blindfolds and looked terrified. 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 AK47s. The ISIS thug who was about to decapitate the father was shot in the head and collapsed. Everyone just stared in confusion. 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. They just stared at the bodies and then ran. They were last seen heading towards the Turkish border in a pick-up truck. It was a good day’s work.”
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