ISIS REVEALS ‘SNIPER BATTALION’ PICS IN RESPONSE TO ‘AMERICAN SNIPER!’

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By ROBERT VERKAIK –

The Islamic State has released the first pictures of its own sniper battalion in what appears to be propaganda to answer the hit US film, American Sniper.

Bearded as well as clean-shaven members of the eight-man unit are pictured posing with long-range Russian-made Dragunov sniper rifles in northern Iraq. Adopting the look of an American sniper unit, the fighters are kitted out in khaki uniforms, peaked caps and ski goggles to protect them from the glare of the sun.

According to the US-based jihadi tracking organization, Site, the unit is part of the Ninewa Division of northern Iraq. It is one of 16 administrative regions in the Islamic State that spans Syria and Iraq.

ISIS snipers have seen action in both Syria and Iraq where they have been responsible for the deaths of many Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers.

An ISIS sniper killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Brigadier General Hamid Taqavi in December. Taqavi was one of a number of Iranian advisers training Shi’a militias in their fight against ISIS.

They have also played a prominent role in the battle for Kobane which involved intense street fighting.

ISIS Twitter accounts were quick to link the battalion to a famous Iraqi sniper who plagued American forces during the Iraqi conflict.

One said the unit was carrying on the legacy of ‘Juba the Sniper’, a Sunni insurgent sniper who operated in Baghdad from 2005 where he is said to have killed around 40 American soldiers.

See more at Daily Mail

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