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Excerpt from American Sniper by Ex-Seal Team 3 member Chris Kyle who was nicknamed al-Shaitan (the devil) by Iraqi insurgents. Known as “the most lethal sniper in US military history” he has over 150 confirmed kills.

One day, a group of Marines near us started getting fire from a minaret in a mosque a few blocks away. We could see where the gunman was shooting from but we couldn’t get a shot on him. He had a perfect position, able to control a good part of the city below him. While, ordinarily, anything connected to a mosque would have been out of bounds, the sniper’s presence made it a legitimate target. We called an airstrike on the tower, which had a high, windowed dome at the top, whit two sets of walkways running around it that made it look a little like an air traffic control tower. The roof was made of panels of glass, topped by a spiked pole. We hunkered down as the aircraft came in. The bomb flew through the sky, hit the top of the minaret, and went straight through one of the large panes at the top. It then continued down into a yard across the alley. There it went low-order—-exploding without much visible impact. “Shit,” I said. “He missed. Come on—-let’s go get the son of a bitch ourselves.” We ran down a few blocks and entered the tower, climbing what seemed an endless flight of stairs. At any moment, we expected the sniper’s security or the sniper himself to appear above and start firing at us. No one did. When we made it to the top, we saw why. The sniper, alone in the building had been decapitated by the bomb as it flew through the window. But that wasn’t all the bomb did. By chance, the alley where it landed had been filled with insurgents; we found their bodes and weapons a short time later. I think it was the best sniper shot I ever saw.

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