British Special Forces Terrorise the Islamic State
The Islamic State in Iraq have effectively been put on notice: The British have arrived in Iraq. These men are members of the Special Air Services, akin to the US Navy Seals. Their numbers are secret but they arrive in small groups armed with sniper rifles and machine guns. The airdrops are close to ISIS fighters because the fight is being brought to them, which as startled the untrained warriors of Allah.
Arriving by Chinook helicopter, they zip around with hit and run attacks riding ATV's that have machine guns affixed to the frame. On average, IS loses 8-10 fighters daily do to the random and sudden SAS attacks that have put IS on edge. Now, they have the fear of God in them. The effect has degraded their morale because the SAS attacks are very quiet unlike incoming artillery or jet aircraft. The heavy use of snipers also has "spooked" the so-called Islamic State warrior. The SAS snipers use long range scopes and can kill from 800 yards away.
The ATV squads have between 5-10 men and ATV's. They have been operating in West Iraq for the past month, hitting IS supply lines and demolishing checkpoints they use to extort money from Iraqis. Most of the attacks happen at night, further putting the fear into their men and enemy locations are determined by using US drones.
This tactic is a repeat of history. It is a copy of the German's Desert Fox, Rommel, in North Africa, where German troops would conduct lightening attacks on stunned British troops and before they knew it, were surrounded and outflanked. These attacks demoralized and caused great anxiety for British troops then and force a full retreat.
Hopefully, this modern version, will yield the same result as the British increase SAS ATV squads.