A sniper for the British Royal Marines has accumulated 173 confirmed kills fighting the Taliban. This is more than any other person in history, including the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
Kyle had 160 confirmed kills.
The Sun: World’s deadliest sniper with 173 kills is a British Royal Marine http://t.co/aIH3xfJqQo
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A source close to the unnamed sniper told The Sun in an interview published Sunday that he is known as a “legend” by those who are aware of him. “Only people inside the community know about his incredible contribution – but young recruits are in awe of him,” he said.
“He’s not the sort of man to brag. He’s very professional and humble, but with a gun in his hands this bloke is deadlier than the plague. He’s a legend, a unique breed.”
Most of the kills came over a six month tour in Afghanistan, The Sun noted. While the publication is aware of the man’s name, they chose not to disclose it for security purposes. The source regards the Marine as professional and one with respect for human life:
“He will never talk about [his amount of kills] unless he is challenged directly, then he is never boastful of what has happened – but he is not ashamed either.
“Every shot was judged and balanced, not indiscriminate. He always saw the men between the cross hairs as humans not as targets. He is not interested in scores or kill counts. He took no satisfaction in the job he had to do.”
The source says the Royal Marine likes to keep a low profile about what he has done on the battlefield. “Only some close friends and family know the true extent of his achievements,” he said. “Most only know the myth, but word has spread about it. Recruits come up to him in training asking if its true what he did. He knows things get exaggerated. But he is the deadliest sniper in the country.”
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