Sniper In Trouble For Killing Terrorist
A British sniper is being investigated for shooting dead an Iraqi insurgent preparing to fire a rocket propelled grenade because he did not shout a warning, according to a pressure group representing former members of the armed forces.
The group, UK Veterans One Voice, says the unidentified soldier is the subject of an inquiry by the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), despite preventing an attack on a British base.
The sniper's account contains no details of when or where the incident happened and could not be immediately verified.However, the dramatic tale published by UK Veterans One Voice begins with the words: “This is not fiction.”It describes how a British base was subject to attack by an Iraqi armed with an RPG after Friday prayers over a period of weeks. Soldiers were told not to return fire for fear of hurting bystanders who gathered to watch after they left the local mosque.
Then one Thursday a patrol returned without a sniper team – either by accident or design.The following day, the same insurgent is spotted preparing to launch his weekly attack.“As the insurgent’s finger tightened on the trigger of the RPG, a single shot cracked out,” says the account.“The round flew almost 1200 metres across the face of the crowd missing them safely. The RPG jumped unfired into the air and the insurgent’s body briefly flew across the ground having been hit by a veteran of long military service, a graduate of the Army Sniper School.”'I’d rebuilt my life, I don’t want this dragged up again by unfair Iraq investigation'The distance of the shot ruled out a shouted warning, says the pressure group.Read the full story from The Telegraph[mwi-cat-listing cat="94" ppp="4" cols="4" desc="false" type="view" btn_color="black" ]