When the British soldier ran out of ammunition, he improvised.
He used the shovel he had on him to decapitate an ISIS fighter with one blow.
Then – with the decapitated terrorist’s weapon lying on the ground, he picked it up and used it to kill more militants.
That’s the amazing story coming out of the fight in eastern Afghanistan, where fighting between allied forces and Islamic State militants still rages, despite press accounts that the fight is all but over.
The Daily Star reports that the battle took place six weeks ago during a patrol in the area.
It occurred after a meeting between British Special Forces fighters, called SAS, and former members of the Taliban who are fighting on the side of the Afghan government.
When the SAS units were ambushed by ISIS fighters, the Brits were forced to fight back wave after wave of attacks, finally taking refuge in a loca farm.
The Star reports that each onslaught was met with machine gun fire but the SAS soon began to run low on bullets.
The terrorists, some of whom spoke English, taunted the SAS forces with warnings they would send their decapitated heads back to their wives.
The Brits then radioed base and called for air support, but didn’t know if the message went through. One source told the paper “The SAS thought they had seen their last day.”
“They made a pact that they wouldn’t be taken alive and vowed to fight to the death.
“Capture would mean torture and a filmed execution and they weren’t prepared to let that happen.
“They made every bullet count and when they ran low on ammo they waited for the jihadis to get close enough so they could be killed with grenades or using rifles as clubs – that was when one of the SAS managed to kill a man with a spade.”
Just when they thought it was over, two American Apache helicopter gunships came to the rescue, appearing and forcing the ISIS insurgents to retreat.
A US twin-engine Chinook helicopter then came in and rescued them. By the time they arrived, SAS were completely out of ammunition.
ISIS attacks have been on the rise in recent weeks and are now seen as the main threat to peace in the war-torn country. Hundreds of fighters are believed to have moved in from Syria and Iraq.
A source said the situation was so bleak in Afghanistan that the number of SAS troops will be doubled in the next few weeks to around 100 men.
The UK has around 500 troops in the capital Kabul but they are not involved in ground combat. The UK Ministry of Defence does not comment on special forces operations.
As of November, the US Department of Defense said there were about 15,000 American troops in Afghanistan. There were 11,000 when President Donald Trump took office, but he recently ordered 4,000 more troops to finish off what’s left of the ISIS regime.
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