Ambushed by jihadis in Afghanistan, a British special forces soldier who had run out of ammunition used the only weapon he could find against a charging ISIS fighter: a spade, the Daily Star reported.
Using the long-handled shovel with its sharp, rectangular blade, the soldier cut off the jihadi’s head with one blow. He then grabbed the fighter’s weapon and managed to kill the rest of his attackers.
The veteran soldier, a sergeant who has seen action in many battles, was one of a group of SAS (Special Air Service) troops caught in a six-hour firefight with ISIS militants about six weeks ago on a patrol in eastern Afghanistan.
The troops had just finished meeting with former Taliban fighters who had since switched side to the Afghan government when they were ambushed by the ISIS jihadis.
The unit took refuge in a local farm and a six-hour firefight ensued.
“The SAS thought they had seen their last day,” said a source quoted by the Daily Star. “They made a pact that they wouldn’t be taken alive and vowed to fight to the death.
“Capture would mean torture and a filmed execution, and they weren’t prepared to let that happen.
“They made every bullet count, and when they ran low on ammo they waited for the jihadis to get close enough so they could be killed with grenades or using rifles as clubs – that was when one of the SAS managed to kill a man with a spade.”
The Star reported that some of the jihadis spoke English and threatened the Brits that they would decapitate them and send their heads back to their wives.
The soldiers, meanwhile, radioed for help, but they didn’t know if the message got through to their base.
At the last minute, with over half of the troops left with no ammunition, two U.S. Apache helicopter gunships showed up, the sight of which caused the jihadis to flee. The SAS men were then rescued by a U.S. Chinook helicopter.
British special forces have been involved in many daring feats fighting in the U.S. coalition. In one notable operation in Syria, eight SAS troops dressed in burqas to disguise their identity, crossed into enemy territory and took out a top ISIS commander. Traveling in an ISIS signature Toyota pickup truck and posing as the wives of top ISIS fighters, the troops finessed their way into the heart of Raqqa — ISIS’s former capital — and located the commander’s headquarters.
After confirming he was inside, they transmitted the coordinates of the house to a U.S. Air Force AWAC mission-control aircraft hovering thousands of feet above. The information was then relayed to a U.S. Reaper drone, which, moments later, sent a Hellfire missile to vaporize the commander and a number of his staff.