The militants wounded two SAS soldiers in a rocket attack, while the British troops were stationed alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the ISIS strong-hold in al-Shaafa. In a rocket attack, more than 30 British operators – including two sniper teams – hit back at the militants. After the short firefight, 8 gunmen were dropped. They tried to flee the strike in range rovers. The Special Operations Forces unit are currently working alongside with Kurdish fighters to eliminate ISIS militants in the war-torn region of al-Shaafa in Syria.
Meanwhile, a SAS operator is in line to receive a George Cross – the UK’s highest military honor – for saving dozens of lives in the Nairobi luxury hotel attack a few days ago. At least 21 people were killed in the al-Shabaab attack at the hotel DusitD2 complex in Nairobi, Kenya on January 17.
The operator, who is in his 30s, entered the building alone, risking his life to save hundreds of civilians trapped inside.
A source told The Sun: “He’s the toughest of the tough with a chest full of medals to back it up. During a series of war tours he has built up an impressive body count – there are few who would be better trained and prepared for what unfolded in Kenya this week. He’s a supreme fighter and took real pride battling alongside his Kenyan comrades.”
As we already reported, he was deployed to Kenya on a mission to train and advise local special forces, saying: “He was mobilised along with Kenyan RECCE Special Forces commandos – he was not out shopping. This guy is elite, he’s the closest thing to Superman we’ve got, but he doesn’t get changed in a phone booth and he doesn’t keep a glock pistol, heavily modified Canada Colt C8 assault rifle with a silencer and a combat dagger in the boot of his car when he goes shopping – that gear is kept on a secure base.”