The operators from British Special Air Service (SAS) conducted a full-scale raid on a bunker housing alleged Islamic terrorists. They were disguised in burkas, full-length traditional garments of Muslim women, the U.K.’s Daily Express reported.
The brave and dangerous mission took place earlier this month, in the same vicinity where the infamous British rebel Mohammed Emwazi better known as Jihadi John was blown up in an unmanned drone strike.
The dangerous operation, involving eight-man SAS squad was able to pass through ISIS Syrian stronghold of Raqqa undetected and an ISIS commander in his own home, all while wearing burqas.
The elite warriors, who posed as the wives of Islamic State chiefs managed to forge their way through to the ISIS’s headquarters.
The famous SAS members, who came prepared by hiding assault weapons, grenades and ammo beneath the ankle-length burkas, also killed several ISIS fighters, lifting the veil-like garments to open fire on the bewildered militants, who had no time to react.
The operation was supported by local Syrians from the Raqqa, who worked on the secret mission alongside SAS members and were engaged in driving them through Raqqa in a Toyota pick-up truck — the favored vehicle of Middle-East militants.
After they maneuvered through town, they arrived and designated the house of a senior ISIS commander and used a transmitter to report the location and coordinates to a U.S. Air Force AWAC mission control aircraft hovering thousands of feet above Raqqa.
That was enough for U.S. Reaper to strike and hit target with a Hellfire missile seconds later, killing the Islamic State chief and several other militants. As soon as the explosion occurred, the crowd ran out to the streets, including militants, only to find the burka-clad SAS troopers, who proceeded to take down several militants in an intense shootout before withdrawn from the scene.
The British Special Forces, including Special Air Service (SAS) and Special Boat Service (SBS) are working closely with U.S. Special Operations Forces in dozens of missions in Iraq and Syria over the past few months in a British-American effort to hasten the destruction of radical Islamic terror groups.
The cooperation is going to increase its intensity after an extra 200 U.S. special operations operators were dispatched to Iraq last week.