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    'The Devil of Rahmadi' named America's deadliest sniper

    A Navy Seal sniper has been named America's deadliest marksman after racking up 160 kills during the Iraq War.

    Chris Kyle, 37, blew away the previous US record of 109 kills, set by an Army rifleman during the Vietnam War.


    By Raf Sanchez, Washington

    6:16PM GMT 03 Jan 2012


    Chris Kyle, 37, blew away the previous US record of 109 kills, set by an Army rifleman during the Vietnam War.

    In a new book, Mr Kyle recalls how his first kill from long range was a woman approaching a group of US Marines with a grenade in her hand. When ordered, he opened fire, killing the woman before she could attack his comrades.

    Over four tours in Iraq, he built a ferocious reputation. To the insurgents who hid from his deadly scope, he was known as 'Al-Shaitan Ramad', or the Devil of Rahmadi. They reportedly offered a $20,000 (£12,800) reward to anyone who could kill or capture him. Fellow Navy Seals referred to him simply as "The Legend".

    Mr Kyle's most famous shot came outside the Shia district of Sadr City in Baghdad in 2008. From over a mile away he spotted an insurgent pointing a rocket launcher at an approaching Army convoy. He fired at a distance of 2,100 yards. "God blew that bullet and hit him," Mr Kyle told the New York Post.

    As Marines and insurgents grappled in ferocious street fighting during the Second Battle of Fallujah, Mr Kyle reportedly killed 40 people - many while lying on an overturned crib in an abandoned apartment.In his book American Sniper, he claims to have taken out 255 people - nearly 100 more than could be confirmed by the Pentagon.

    But Mr Kyle still does not hold the record for most kills. That belongs to Simo Häyhä, a Finnish sniper, who reportedly killed 542 Russian troops during the Soviet invasion of Finland in the Second World War.
    During the years of fighting with Charlie Company of Seal Team Three, Mr Kyle was shot twice and caught up in six separate IED explosions across Iraq.
    After ten years on the frontlines, Mr Kyle retired in 2009 in order to "save his marriage". He now lives in Texas where he runs a military contracting firm that helps train the next generation of American snipers.


    'The Devil of Rahmadi' named America's deadliest sniper - Telegraph

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    I bet he's nice and well balanced.

    No thousand yard stare here, sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwarner
    No thousand yard stare here, sir.
    It would be rather helpful though..

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    ^ There's a time and a place to post pictures of your toys, withnall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alwarner
    No thousand yard stare here, sir.
    It would be rather helpful though..
    "Damn sand coons everywhere...."

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    Something rather disturbing about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    "God blew that bullet and hit him," Mr Kyle told the New York Post.
    He should be in a mental home.

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    If this guy is walking around functioning in normal society he's a psycopath.

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    Wonder if he keeps the heads or their ears on a necklace?

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    He must have "neck of the bull".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo
    Something rather disturbing about this.
    I know! Why hasn't he been made president yet?!

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    Why on earth would you leave yourself open to a revenge attack by putting your name and photo in the public domain???

    Oh yeah.....EGO!!! (and money)

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    What's the difference between a sniper, who shoots designated high-priority targets from a distance, and an artilleryman, who lobs shells into a general area, and causes both civilian and military deaths? Only that one is surgical, and the other not. I don't remember a lot of self-righteous whining from posters when a SEAL Team sniper killed the Somali who was about to shoot a hostage on the high seas. What bothers you so much about this sniper, the numbers? A concentrated mortar attack on massed troops in the open kills far more.

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    Tongue in cheek from me DK apart from the psyco comment. I think if someone can wrack up that many kills without any serious mental damage then he's a bit tapped to start with. I mean you're seeing everyone you take out. Can't be compared to artillery IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    What bothers you so much about this sniper
    He has mental problems and shouldn't be allowed out on the streets, if I kill someone and tell the judge that the little green men made me do it I would be jailed, this fuking retard seems to think god is on his side.

    PS, for the Americans here, god is as real as father christmas.

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    ^^ A harder job indeed, simply because you can see your targets. Much easier on the brain to drop bombs from miles high. I know several SEAL Team snipers, and they are quite normal guys, who leave the job at the office. Of course the book is about money, and also probably a good advertisement for his new business, but a Navy enlisted man's retirement check doesn't stretch very far - hard to fault a guy who's been shot twice during multiple combat tours for telling his tale to make a few bucks.

    ^God comment aside, snipers have been around since the beginning of time, and will continue to be until technology makes them irrelevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    What's the difference between a sniper, who shoots designated high-priority targets from a distance, and an artilleryman, who lobs shells into a general area, and causes both civilian and military deaths?

    Surely advertising his kill rate during an ongoing conflict may jeopardize his own safety or the safety of his family as well?

    Just seems a bit weird to be glorifying in it all.

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    ^^Mate, I'm not one to try and put a view of right or wrong on it. He was in gainful employment so to speak. I guess I'm just surprised given the impact it must have on people that you're active enough to get 150 plus kills.

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    ^^See my comments in the post above yours. He is retired. He is advertising his business, which is training snipers. The guys who dropped the atomic bomb wrote books about it (and several had real mental problems later in life stemming from their involvement). Not sure he is 'glorifying' anything - more like pride in doing his designated job well.

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    just to recommend a masterful thriller about 2 snipers, one british and one iraqi, stalking each other during the war between kurdish guerillas and saddam husseins army.

    gerald seymour, holding the zero.

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    ^Or a good movie, 'Enemy at the Gates'. Russian and German snipers square off in Stalingrad.

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    I imagine if he was described as "British SAS" this thread would be overflowing with praise of his manliness and the sound of clinking glasses in the background.

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    If he was British SAS he wouldn't have mentioned god, Brits know there is no such thing.....

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    ^So if he had said, 'caught a nice gust of wind', instead of 'god blew the bullet', you'd have no problem with the rest of it?

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