Two British women soldiers of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) fighting alongside the Special Air Service (SAS) of the British Army against ISIS in Iraq, were involved in a shoot-out with terrorists.
The women in their 20s were recently “compromised” at a checkpoint while engaged in clandestine operations with anti-ISIS sympathizers. The pair of elite women soldiers of the SRR are fluent in Arabic and specialize in surveillance and intelligence gathering operations alongside the special forces.
The Daily Star reports:
The women are with the Army Defence Human Intelligence Unit and run agents in Iraq and Syria. They have been in the war-torn region for months and have established a network of spies inside Isis.
Many are local women who have agreed to report on the terrorists after meeting the two British soldiers.
Intelligence supplied by them has helped British, US and French forces to target the group’s leaders in air strikes by drones and jets.
The female soldiers have taken huge risks to develop contacts who they hope will help turn the war against the militants. Two weeks ago the pair were involved in a shoot-out with Isis terrorists after they were “compromised” during a mission.
Their team had arranged to meet a Syrian agent on the border with Iraq. But their car was stopped at a terrorist checkpoint and a fierce gun battle took place when the British troops realised they were about to be exposed.
The women, armed with pistols and submachine guns, had to shoot their way out of trouble alongside the SAS. They are believed to have shot dead a number of gunmen.
The Brits escaped but their cars were riddled with automatic gunfire. A defence source said: “These women are probably the most deadly in the armed forces.
“They are extremely fit, intelligent and very professional. They handled themselves really well and have proved to be just as good as the men in every respect.
“They were really up for the fight once they were compromised.
“They are regarded as highly valuable assets by seasoned SAS troopers.”
The source added: “They sometimes get a hard time from their male colleagues and the banter can get a bit fruity but there is a great deal of mutual respect and they give as good as they get.”
The SRR recruits men and women from all three armed services. Volunteers must pass a gruelling six-month selection course.
Since the regiment was formed in 2005 its members have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria.
It has also taken part in counter-terror operations in the UK, including Northern Ireland, and works closely with the MI5 security service.
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