Allegedly a champion marksman who competed in the Olympics for Syria, he was a deadly sniper who killed two Navy SEALs before being killed by the SEAL sniper Chris Kyle . [82] The film won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing. Our unit was building a wall that cut off North Sadr City and would deny the Mahdi Army Special Groups fighters the ability to fire rockets into the green zone. By his bold leadership, courageous actions, and total dedication to duty, Petty Officer Kyle reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. There Kyle claimed they started shooting a number of armed residents or looters, whom they identified as making trouble. [18] During four tours of duty in the Iraq War, he was shot twice and survived six separate IED detonations.[17]. A day or so later two counter-sniper SEAL teams were assigned to our unit. M40A3 sniper rifle with Harris bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO Christopher Scott Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL sniper. If you want a number, ask the Navy—you may even get the truth if you catch them on the right day. With the help of Iranian weapons, the insurgency was lobbing mortars from Sadr City … On Feb. 2, 2013, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was killed at a shooting range near Chalk Mountain, Texas, while attempting to help fellow veteran Eddie Ray … [23] He was president of Craft International, a tactical training company for the U.S. military and law enforcement communities. A Marine Recon Scout Sniper that accompanies Kyle on a mission in Iraq uses a M40A3 Sniper Rifle while taking out insurgents in Sadr City. Young was paralyzed in April, 2004 at the age of 24 in a battle in Sadr City, Iraq, after being in the country for just five days. I tried to raise the truck on the radio but they were not answering, just racing down the street. Snipers around Iraq were being pulled for a special operation in Sadr City, a town on the outskirts of Baghdad. His most distant kill was from 2,100 yards away outside Sadr City in 2008. The records for the longest sniper kills among the armed forces began to be published in 1967 during the Vietnam War by the US Military. In New Baghdad, a sprawling collection of predominantly Shiite neighborhoods bordering the Mahdi Army stronghold of Sadr City, sniper fire recently killed two U.S. soldiers in as many days. You may have liked the book, but not be a fan. The incident did not appear in the media, and a journalist visited all the service stations that could match the description, and none of them were aware of it happening. Kyle did make a shot of over 6,000 feet, but that was in Ramadi, not Sadr City. [80], Clint Eastwood's film American Sniper (2014) is based on Kyle's autobiography. [9], Christopher Scott Kyle was born April 8, 1974, in Odessa, Texas, the eldest of two boys born to Deby Lynn (née Mercer) and Wayne Kenneth Kyle, a Sunday school teacher and deacon. [39][40][41], Kyle's widow appealed the verdict on behalf of Kyle's estate. You may embed and republish any written story as long as you strictly follow these guidelines: [62] The trial began on February 11, 2015. The records for the longest sniper kills among the armed forces began to be published in 1967 during the Vietnam War by the US Military. ... Kyle deploys to Sadr City, where he has several close calls and suffers from high blood pressure. [42] Attorneys for Kyle's estate asked the appeals court to throw out the verdict or at least order a new trial because a lawyer for Ventura told jurors that the $1.8 million judgment would be paid for by Kyle's book publisher's insurance policy, not his estate. Robert Johnson. Study Resources. The driver was unharmed but we took his helmet away, bullet still lodged in it, and sent it to our higher intelligence to analyze. The latest of these is a modified version of the old (failed) Vietnam “ink blot” strategy in which we pull troops back to Baghdad, a city now evidently in utter, violent disarray, to nail down at least some of the capital’s neighborhoods (while denuding troop strength in areas of Sunni Iraq where the insurgency rages). The current record holder for the longest kill range of any sniper in history is an anonymous sniper from the Joint Task Force 2, a unit of the Canadian Forces who managed a successful sniper kill at a range of 3,871 yards in May 2017 during the Iraq Civil War. [51], Kyle's claim on his awards has also been disputed, with Kyle claiming he was awarded certain medals, but his official records indicate he was not awarded them. Every night a fierce attack erupted at the wall as the enemy converged on our main effort. American Sniper’s Chris Kyle ... Kyle targeted a roof-bound enemy insurgent aiming a rocket launcher at American troops outside Sadr City. The Stryker platoon leader told me that the driver of the truck had been shot. We had a sniper problem. Sign up for our newsletter and get the latest War Horse stories in your inbox. [60], Routh was arraigned later that same day on two counts of capital murder, and was taken to the Erath County Jail for holding under a US$3 million bond. "[84][85][86], The Navy revised Chris Kyle's list of awards on June 14, 2016. During the robbery, Kyle told the two men he would return to his car, to give them his keys. ... His most distant kill was from 2,100 yards away outside Sadr City in 2008. I knew we were dealing with a well-trained sniper. Kyle’s reputation as a sniper helps him get special assignments during his final tour of Iraq: because he’s spent so many years raiding houses and firing on insurgents, he’s the ideal candidate for a mission to attack the Mahdi Army. First he put a special, high-caliber bullet through the engine block of a high-ranking officer’s MRAP—a highly armored vehicle. The $500k defamation suit was remanded back to trial. They knew they were being watched by the enemy. [71][72], In 2013, a Texas teacher, Dana Morris, attempted to get a section of Highway 75 through Dallas named after Chris Kyle, but was unsuccessful. ... 1st Sgt Justin Lehew volunteered to run down the alleyway to draw sniper fire as two machine gun teams positioned at the end of the alley opened up on them. "[8][59] Local police captured Routh after a short freeway chase, which ended when Routh, who fled the scene in Kyle's Ford F-350 truck, crashed into a police cruiser in Lancaster. On May 20, 2015, HB 1187 passed both the House and Senate. [83], On February 2, 2015, exactly two years after Kyle's murder, Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared the day "Chris Kyle Day. With sniper rifles, they travelled to New Orleans and then positioned themselves at a vantage point on top of the city's Mercedes-Benz Superdome. All night long they managed their fear and all night long they built the wall, six feet at a time. He was riding in an unarmored, open air Humvee when he was shot by a sniper's bullet and instantly paralyzed from the chest down, confined to a … Most weren’t a problem, but two incidents indicated one sniper in particular was very well armed and very well trained. Photo by Master Sgt. Support honest, life-changing stories about military service. It was clear that not only did she want to kill them, but she didn't care about anybody else nearby who would have been blown up by the grenade or killed in the firefight. 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He served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. Our unit was building a wall that cut off North Sadr City and would deny the Mahdi Army Special Groups fighters the ability to fire rockets into the green zone. Chapter 12. Then, infantrymen or an engineer would scramble up ladders to the top of the barrier and link it through metal hoops and chains to the next barrier. jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_render', function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 9) {} } );jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_conditional_logic', function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} ); jQuery(document).ready(function(){jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [9, 1]) } ); Augusto Giacoman served as an infantry officer with 1/5 Infantry and 1/2 Stryker Cavalry, deploying twice to Iraq in 2005, and 2007-2008. Violence is escalating in Sadr City, and Kyle tells his superiors that the military needs to fight harder, rather than trying … Famous for his book American Sniper, he is one of the most successful American snipers. 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Gov. We briefed them on the couple of incidents and escorted them around Sadr City for a few days. One week, it's 160 (the 'official' number as of this writing, for what that's worth), then it's way higher, then it's somewhere in between. July 24, 2019 | Augusto Giacoman. Subscribe to their newsletter. Kyle saw a combatant with a rocket launcher moving towards an American convoy and killed him with a single round. Summer 2008. [34] On the show, Kyle alleged that the character "Scruff" in his book is former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura. It has also become a testing ground for the Iraqi military, which has been thrust into the lead. Photo by Daniel Savage. I guess that's true. In American Sniper, ... Chris the solitary hero, the outsider gunslinger who stands up for civilization while standing outside it: the Shane of Sadr City. Our journalism depends on your support. The nickname originated among Kyle's fellow SEALs following his taking of a sabbatical to train other snipers in Fallujah, and he was sometimes called "The Myth". "[8], After the killings, Routh went to his sister's house in Midlothian and told her what he had done. [4][87][88], The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Special Warfare Operator First Class (SEAL) Christopher Scott Kyle, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Lead Sniper while assigned to Naval Special Warfare Task Unit-RAMADI in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from 24 April to 27 August 2006. It looked dull but underneath was some of the most precious stuff there is. [77] Littlefield's name was removed from the original bill due his widow's wishes. You can republish photos only if you run them in or alongside the stories with which they originally appeared and include the original caption. [74] During the 84th Texas Legislative Session, HB 1187 was introduced by Representative John Wray, (R) from Ellis County due to the efforts of Dana Morris' using grassroots effort to show her students that they did have a voice in their government. I became fascinated by the location due to both the fact that it is abandoned (obviously!) The bill had been co-sponsored by Republican Representative Dan Flynn of Van and Democratic Senator Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio. JAM’s estimated strength within Sadr City ranged between two thousand and four thousand fighters armed with AK-47s, PKM machine guns, .50-caliber sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers, 60-, 82-, and 120-millimeter mortars, 107- and 122-millimeter rockets, and an unknown number of SA-7 surface-to-air missiles. Dramatic license. War over a wall in Sadr City . There were never any police reports or mention of the incident, and police contacted by journalists were completely unaware of the incident. [19] Kyle's shooter's statements (which are filled out by every sniper after a mission) were reported to higher command, who kept them in case any shootings were contested as outside the rules of engagement. ... to call in a Hellfire missile strike on a sniper position on the far side of a desolate no man’s land. Our work must be bylined. The constant back and forth with his wife, the costar in this movie, drags this production down to the mediocre level. psychotic. Violence is escalating in Sadr City, and Kyle tells his superiors that the military needs to fight harder, rather than trying … Eight US troops were killed and 51 more wounded in the bloody battle. The warehouse was featured towards the end of American Sniper, during Chris Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) fourth tour of duty in Sadr City. A Cobra Pilot’s Story of Military Sexual Assault. [68][69], In August 2013, Texas governor Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 162, also known as the "Chris Kyle Bill," to recognize military training in the issuance of occupational licenses. [13] Kyle graduated with Class 233 in March 2001. His farthest confirmed kill took place in 2008 near Sadr City at 2,100 yards away. The mother of Ali Murtatha, a three-year-old boy lying with bullet wounds to his stomach in Al-Sadr hospital, has no doubt that her only son was shot by a US sniper. [78] Abbott said to Morris, "this was a great project for students and will leave a fundamental legacy in their learning about government." Christina Bhatti. Adrian Cadiz. While Kyle claims to have killed roughly 320 enemies as part of his service in Iraq, the Navy says he killed 160. Others manned trucks mounted with home-made rocket launchers and artillery weapons. After a week of heavy fighting with Shiite militias, the Iraqi and American military have been tightening a cordon around Sadr City, a … The Mk 12 Mod 1 Special Purpose Rifle shows up in … As the fighting started on April 4, 2004, militiamen ambushed a 1st Cavalry Division patrol and Iraqi policewere expelled from three police stations in Sadr City. If they kept going, soon they would be in no man’s land, where the enemy could mass platoon-size forces quickly and capture or kill them. I was just making sure she didn't take any Marines with her. From 2,100 yards away from a village just outside of Sadr City in 2008, he spied a man aiming a rocket launcher at an Army convoy and squeezed off … This page was last edited on 9 January 2021, at 19:31. During his 10-year stint as a Navy SEAL sniper, ... a woman about to throw a hand grenade at a group of Marines. The medical examiners office had no records of anyone being killed in the area at the time. Since prosecutors decided beforehand not to seek the death penalty, the trial judge, Jason Cashon, immediately sentenced Routh to life in prison with no possibility of parole. [8] His family also said he suffered from PTSD from his time in the military. This was never verified, and there was no evidence of dozens of people being killed by a sniper or gunman, with commentary noting that it would be unlikely that 30 people would have been shot without anyone noticing it or reporting it to the media or the police. Pfc. His most legendary shot came outside Sadr City in 2008 when he shot an insurgent with a rocket launcher near an Army convoy with his .338 Lapua Magnum rifle at 1,920 m (2,100 yd). [54][50], On February 2, 2013, Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, 35, were shot and killed by Eddie Ray Routh at the Rough Creek Ranch-Lodge-Resort shooting range in Erath County, Texas. Iraq: Sadr City Siege. Assigned to SEAL Team-3, sniper element, Platoon "Charlie" (later "Cadillac"),[15] within the Naval Special Warfare Command, and with four tours of duty, Kyle served in many major battles of the Iraq War. Kyle and Littlefield had reportedly taken Routh to the gun range in an effort to help him with his posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On February 16, 2016, signs for the 11-mile stretch of Highway 287 through Midlothian, Texas, were unveiled. "[22], As a sniper, Kyle was often asked about his weapons. }} } );jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_conditional_logic', function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} ); jQuery(document).ready(function(){jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [8, 1]) } ); I called the Stryker platoon in sector to get that truck to stop driving and respond to the radio. While fighting in Sadr City, Kyle has several close calls with death one day, he’s shot in the back, and the force of a bomb throws him to the ground. He served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. Sniper attacks against U.S. forces are common in this part of northeast Baghdad, where the Shiite-dominated Sadr City rubs up against the Sunni-heavy Adhamiyah sector, but … Kyle was killed with a .45-caliber pistol, while Littlefield was shot with a 9 mm SIG Sauer pistol. [64][65] Routh is imprisoned at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Powledge Unit near Palestine, Texas. He grows up hunting with his father, and develops a strong sense of duty to his country. Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, known as America’s deadliest sniper, and his neighbor were killed at a Texas shooting range on Saturday by a former Marine they were mentoring, reports ABC News. As they lost strength, they reverted to their tried-and-true guerilla tactics, including snipers. [35], Following the allegations, Ventura denied the incident had happened or having ever met Kyle. [22] The Navy said "Kyle would have played no role in the production of his personnel files other than signing the DD-214 upon his discharge" and "[a]fter thoroughly reviewing all available records, the Navy determined an error was made" and "issued a corrected copy of the DD-214.

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