Briton is world’s deadliest sniper

Published: Monday 2nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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The world’s most lethal military sniper is understood to be a Royal Marine.

The Sun said the Briton, who has not been named, had served in the Royal Navy’s elite unit for more than a decade and recorded most of his 173 confirmed kills during tours of Afghanistan in 2006/7, having also served in Iraq.

The figure puts the corporal, reportedly married and from southern England, ahead of US Navy SEAL commando Chris Kyle, who had 160 confirmed kills to make him the most lethal US sniper.

Kyle’s exploits are the subject of a new film called American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper.

A source told the paper: ” He is not interested in scores or kill counts. He took no satisfaction in the job he had to do.

“Because he saw the enemy as humans he has not struggled emotionally or psychologically with what has happened.

“He had a unique job at a unique time. He must be the most lethal sniper in the world. But that is not a title he would seek out or revel in.”

The Hollywood biopic of Kyle, who was killed in 2013 on a shooting range in the US, has been nominated for two Oscars and has been a hit at the US box office, making £166m (249m dollars) in only three weeks of cinema release.

But the Clint Eastwood-directed film has faced criticism that the film glorifies murder and serves as war propaganda.

Published: Monday 2nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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