Raqqa, Syria - Details Of Take-Down Of Jihadi John Emerge; SAS Ground Operatives With DIY Drones Played Critical Role
Raqqa, Syria - Details have emerged of the mission last month that took down notorious IS executioner and British extremist Jihadi John, including how a crack team of SAS commandos covertly pinpointed the terrorist’s location through the use of DIY drones.
DAILYMAIL.co.uk (http://dailym.ai/1XSM8CQ) reports that the mission began on November 11 when a SAS team of eight was dropped covertly in the desert some 35 miles outside of IS headquarters in Raqqa by a US Chinook helicopter.
After traveling the remaining distance over rugged terrain in desert buggies, the operatives dug in and began surveillance of the building where Jihadi John was believed to be hold up through the use of 3ft nano-helicopters equipped with infrared and night-vision cameras.
A series of the 1 lb. drones continuously relayed satellite images of the building to SAS HQ in Hereford and US Central Command in Doha, Qatar.
Patience eventually won out, when around 11:40 a drone relayed images of Jihadi John emerging and getting into a newly arrived vehicle, which minutes later was evaporated by a US Reaper drone equipped with Hellfire missiles.
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