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Reports reveal that during the fall of Mosul this past July, SAS forces identified ISIS fighters preparing to behead a Christian family of eight. The chance encounter not only saved the family’s lives, but also prevented the militants from going to surrounding Christian villages. The militants were reportedly identifying and beheading Christians who refused to convert to Islam. This event demonstrates how Christians remain vulnerable to ISIS’s brutality even when the militants’ are in retreat. Thankfully, these Christians were rescued, but so many others are not. The retreat of ISIS has only increased the militants’ brutality towards and hatred of Christians. Pray for those who remain vulnerable to ISIS’s terror, and for the unknown number of those who continue to be held captive by the militants. 

 10/16/2017 Iraq (Daily Star UK) – The Christian family of eight were about to be decapitated by ISIS brutes when they were attacked by special forces.

The snipers shot dead two would-be executioners who were holding knives at the throats of a father and a son who had refused to convert to Islam.

The raid came after a joint SAS and Peshmerga patrol was warned that gunmen were murdering Christian families.

It took place last July, but details of the operation emerged only last week.

The SAS had been conducting mopping up operations after the fall of Mosul when inhabitants of a Christian village told the troops that Isis were executing civilians nearby.

They identified a group of black-clad fighters preparing to slaughter men, women and children.

The execution was seconds away when the SAS patrol commander ordered two snipers to open fire.

The snipers were using L115 sniper rifles armed with .338 Lapua Magnum bullets, capable of killing at a range of up to 1,800m.

The two executioners were struck almost simultaneously and died instantly.

Both were taken out with head shots at a range of about 1,000m.

Seconds later snipers fixed their crosshairs on two more gunmen.

At first the rest of the death squad stood in stunned silence – until another two fell dead.

Then the killers began to panic, said a defence source.

The source told the Daily Star Sunday: “It was a chance encounter. The SAS patrol just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

“The killers were moving around the area executing villagers. Muslim families were accused of being spies and Christians who refused to convert to Islam were beheaded.

“When the snipers opened fire everyone just froze. But after four terrorists were dropped the rest of the gunmen tried to run and began firing in all directions. Only the family stood still.

“The Isis fighters tried to escape in a truck, but the driver was shot dead and those who had climbed on board were also killed.

“The battle lasted about half-an-hour until the gunmen had been killed or had run away.

“The Peshmerga fighters rescued the family and gave them safe passage out of the area.”

The SAS patrol withdrew from the ambush site after about 80 Isis fighters drove to the area to collect their dead.

The source added: “It was a great day for the SAS. They managed to kill up to 15 terrorists and save the lives of a family facing execution.”

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