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January 13, 2007

Royal Marine Sniper Celebrates With Cigar After Killing Taliban Officer

Sniper celebrates with cigar after killing Taliban officer

A ROYAL Marine sniper from Edinburgh has described marking his first kill with a cigar after "slotting" a Taliban commander from more than 1000 metres.

Crackshot Royal Marine (45 Commando) sniper Dallas Turner, 27, was among the soldiers who described their dramatic stories in their own words.

He said: "We were down in Garmsir southern Helmand on December 21 and we were in full view of the Taliban front line.
"They were firing at us all day but we could see only their heads pop up from time to time moving about their positions.
"They were hiding in abandoned compounds in the suburbs. I fired three rounds from an Afghan National Police sangar sentry post but I didn't hit anyone.
"The next day they the Taliban were back at the same position and one walked into view from behind a wall.
"He was just standing there. It was beautiful. He was only exposed a few seconds. I didn't need to adjust my rifle sights as they were set right from the previous day. Just like in training, I breathed slowly, inhaled and pulled the trigger. "
"The 338 calibre bullet travels at about 800 metres a second so it would have taken just over a second to reach him. He was hit full in the upper chest. It took him a couple of seconds to drop but I knew he was slotted dead.

"If one of these big 338 rounds hits you in the chest, even from that distance, it will cause a lethal amount of damage.

"I just graduated from sniper school late last year after nine weeks' training.

"It was my first kill. I had a cigar afterwards. I didn't lose any sleep about it. He was a Taliban commander after all."

The Taliban militants were killed and captured after ambushing a joint Nato and Afghan patrol in Mizan district in Zabul province on Sunday, said Younis Akhunzada, the district police chief.

Police also recovered four AK-47 assault rifles and two rocket-propelled grenade.

In a recent four day operation, codenamed Operation Clay, Royal Marine Commandos wiped out a vital Taliban training camp, killing dozens of fighters.

The force succeeded in securing a safe passage to a mountain dam - once the biggest source of electricity in the whole of Afghanistan.

In dramatic scenes caught on army cameras, the Marines engaged Afghan fighters as they waded through a river.

Wild Thing's comment......

Thank you to all that are in this fight against the terrorists. God bless you and keep you safe.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 13, 2007 12:47 AM



Posted by: beth at January 13, 2007 10:14 AM

Good Man.

Watch some low-life REMF want to charge him with "excessive celebrating" or something stupid like that.

Posted by: BobF at January 13, 2007 11:03 AM

A .338 eh! I've use that caliber on Moose and Bear. That's a fine rifle caliber, and yes it will eliminate the need for a medic. Dallas Turner deserves a box fine cigars and a bottle of the finest Scotch in Edinburgh to share with his buddies. I hope we hear more about him, maybe he'll bag us a twofer. Hmmm, how about a REMF!!!!

Posted by: Jack at January 13, 2007 01:02 PM

1 Shot 1 Kill The only Thing You Feel Is The

Posted by: Tincan Sailor at January 13, 2007 01:08 PM

I sure like his first name. Great Britain may not be so great anymore, but her soldiers are still among the best in the world. The British Minitry of Defense is horribly underfunded and the British lion is rapidly becoming a paper tiger.

Here's cheers to Dallas Turner and his comrades. May he get many more kills.

Posted by: TomR at January 13, 2007 02:22 PM

Hi Beth well said! I love stories like this.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 14, 2007 01:57 AM

Bob,yes, if he was an American soldier I would be holding my breath waiting for the horrible media to start to lay into him.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 14, 2007 01:58 AM

Jack, giggle love how you put it. A big yessss.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 14, 2007 01:58 AM

Tincan Sailor,I love that quote so much. Thank you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 14, 2007 01:59 AM

Tom when I saw his name I thought you might like it. And yes it is also a great story about a Hero.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 14, 2007 02:00 AM