One Iraqi with a Bulletproof Skull

With the incessant combat and similar propaganda efforts from ISIS, there have certainly been a few interesting videos showing the chaos, chance, depravity, and sometimes humor of troops in combat. In the latter vein with a drop of chance, is one fortunate Iraqi.

There is hard-headed and then there is this guy. In a video published through one of ISIS, various propaganda outlets show a sniper’s view of two combatants on a ridge. Normally, these types of videos end badly, but in this case, the trace round shows it incoming and then outgoing – bouncing off the skull of one of the targets.

While the other recognizes the situation and rectifies his lack of cover in quick order, the first target is visibly (and understandably) stunned and after bending over for a moment is subjected to a follow-up shot… which misses. The thick-skulled combatant then dives for cover and the video ends.

Such things happen in war and with the advent of small handheld and personal cameras, I suspect we will be seeing more of them in the future. I, for one, am happy the hapless fellow was not killed and certainly hope the idiot sniper using tracers was traced back to his hole and engaged successfully.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • The Forty ‘Twa

    Probably on some sort of watchlist now having watched that…

    • Graham2

      That’s what I thought when I watched the one the other day. I’m probably on all sort of ‘lists’ anyway, as I own guns!

    • iksnilol

      You’re probably on a watchlist for being at TFB at all… and probably for having used the word “watchlist” itself.

      • Gary Kirk

        Especially with folks like you and notorious hanging around.. No offense my twisted friends..

        • iksnilol

          None offense taken, I was banned from reddit within 2 days of being a member there. So that speaks of me, I guess.

          • Ebby123

            I sense there’s an interesting (and very salty) story behind that..

          • iksnilol

            Meh, they claimed I was “gaslighting” a moderator by snarkily calling him “officer” when he reprimanded me (and he did reprimand me for good reason, I’ll admit).

            But screw them all, you’re alone in the world. Don’t expect support from anywhere but yourself.

          • Dougscamo

            That’s all you did??!! Touchy…ain’t they?…

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, reddit is like that I guess. NEVER GOT TO TRY IT FOR LONG, DINKLEBERG!

            but yeah, did get to vent in a short, little thread and that was it.

          • Major Tom

            So Reddit is therefore a tyrannical regime? Now I know where our next War of Liberation will go.

      • LGonDISQUS

        I have an entire folder of tubgirl (and much, much worse) style horror images on my computer labeled under a “suicide bomb instructions” folder. Poor NSA.

    • Wow!

      The more people that are on a list, the less people that are being watched. Tip of targeting analyst duties.

  • Edeco

    The Red Baron had a 303 machine gun bullet glance his head. IIRC. In one of the darker Peanuts comics Snoopy fantasizes about having fired the shot.*

    May have impaired his judgement but it’s hard to say, WWI being the clash of cultural and technological paradigms that it was. I don’t mean to say head-wounds do or don’t cause recklessness, I know it’s controversial, could be just one that did or none.

    *I made that part up.

    • Richard Allen

      Saburo Sakai too except in was 30-06. He lost an eye and did training for a while but got back into combat later.

    • mtman2

      Well- as to WWI that was just another orchestrated set up of the bankster Globalist’s who financed all sides as usual for mega % and pennies on the dollar for what’s left of the loser’s holdings.
      As well as directing the course of nations- and certainly continuing to make money hand over fist on every side.
      Just one member family of this org. is worth over $300-trillion- together worth over a quadrillion dollars.

      Their long time long term goal is to create the NWO with them as the super elite leaders. They set up and own the EU/UN/IMF/FED+WB.
      ie- they own you, me and any one that uses their financial system(some tribesman may be exempt because they’ve not been found yet.

      Microchip buying+selling by number is in sight.
      Your number is as all American’s your SocSec# = FDR’s mega Ponsi scheme gift when he sold us to the IMF @ Bretton Woods in 1944 to the IMF Woodrow Wilson + Dems illegally installed over OUR monetary system in 1913 called the Federal Reserve.

      ALL Dems+RINO’s are shills for the banking cartels who pull the strings on private clubs WE call D’s+R’s.

      The “sleeping giant” must be awakened~!

  • If you look at it frame by frame, the first round looks like it maybe bounces off the first guy’s rifle and deflects into the second guy’s cheek. He probably got out of it with a fractured cheekbone instead of a grieving widow.

    Really dodged a bullet that time.

    • Dougscamo

      Going to leave a mark for sure….

      • Better than leaving a mark on a Daesh sniper’s stock.

        • Dougscamo

          Tru dat….

    • iksnilol

      Iraqi standup:

      “What’s the deal with getting shot in the head lag? And Americans complain about jet lag, amirite?”

      • Dougscamo

        Bah dump bump….

    • 360_AD

      Or a grieving sheep.

      • Rob in Katy

        Thank you!

  • Major Tom
  • Major Tom

    Somebody needs to adjust the hitboxes of that guy or improve the netcode cuz that hit detection is way off. Either that or ban that guy from the server for hacking.

    /silly

    • Phillip Cooper

      “/silly”
      Well, keep trying…. we’ll wait.

    • Mystick

      Stoopid lag and LPB’s…

    • USMC03Vet

      Battlefield hit reg strikes again!

  • Moonman45

    “..hope the idiot sniper using tracers was traced back to his hole and engaged successfully.”

    iraqis are the ARVN of today, individual heroism drowned out by incompetence, corruption, riddled with ISIS sympathizers and cant even take most of their equipment with them when they run from a battle they outnumber the enemy in.

    • Cal S.

      After watching PoV footage of the fighting over there, I can immediately see why there’s a lot of fighting and very little winning going on over there.

      Those guys on both sides like making lots of noise with their guns and don’t particularly care if they hit anything with that 250rnd belt of ammo. Watched a video from ‘Lindybeige’ on the subject “Shoot to Kill”, and apparently that’s part of human nature; make lots of noise and hope the other guy gets cold feet faster than you do.

      • Joe

        Lindy also says troops that train on silhouette targets are sociopaths as a result. It was a bit insensitive, but probably not wrong (at least in a European morality context).

        • Cal S.

          If he thought they were sociopaths, he would have dismissed their PTSD and moral misgivings about what they did during their military service. I believe he meant it in the strictest sense of “shooting without thinking” and nothing more.

          Regardless, that is one of the reasons I’m 110% against our police officers being given the same types of training as some have suggested.

      • Sianmink

        Literal spray and pray. Inshallah, the bullets will find the enemy if god wills it.

      • Ebby123

        inshah allah.
        They literally believe that aiming is not necessary to victory. If Allah wills it, the bullet will kill the enemy.

        I wish I was kidding, but I’m completely serious. That’s what the majority of them believe.

        • Cal S.

          Well, then in the undying words of Patton: “We’re gonna murder those lousy b****ards by the bushel.”

          • AzureRaptor

            “We’re gonna tear their living guts out – and use them to grease the treads of our tanks!”

        • mtman2

          Best news I’ve heard in a while except baby murdering Assad getting spanked…

  • DW

    If the Force wills it

    • Phillip Cooper

      In’Yodah?

  • lawbob

    And they just happened to get a screen image of the snipers? Fake news.

    • Y-man

      The “Snipers” themselves fill YouTube with their videos, every where you turn – they publish their own videos!

    • Blake

      I don’t know why I expect someone who unironically types “Fake news” to have anything resembling intelligence, but whatever. First of all, what exactly is a “screen image”? If you’re talking about the shot of the snipers maneuvering, you do know what propaganda is right? I thought it was obvious to even the most moronic of people that the first shot was a staged shot to add a narrative to the rest of the video. That somehow makes the entire video “fake news” to you? Jesus christ please don’t procreate.

      • mtman2

        I don’t think “Christ Jesus” has anything to do with his choices.
        Not a good platform to bounce off of for personal opinions…

        • Blake

          That’s cute; you don’t understand how to English. Haha the comment section here is literally built for personal opinion. That’s literally what a comment on an article is.

          • mtman2

            No- using the Lords name in emphasis for someone you’re mocking as to his conjugal rights is not just in bad taste (perhaps an oversight) but not done publicly by astute people; tho maybe in an uncouth bar scene with ignorant drunks.

            Sorry- but it needs to be pointed out and would be when not exceptable to the hearer’s.
            My English is fine and you do get the point.
            A kindly hint should’ve been enough.
            You wouldn’t use certain words and language in a commercial business forum;
            well this is one and I am next to you at the counter with my wife and children looking at you.

            Friend I’m certain it’s just an oversight…

    • Ebby123

      prop·a·gan·da
      ˌpräpəˈɡandə/
      noun
      1.
      derogatory
      information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
      “he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda”
      synonyms: information, promotion, advertising, publicity, spin

      Also (apparently) see: READING COMPREHENSION.

  • Friend of Tibet

    Holy shizzle, epic!

  • Cal S.

    I’m wondering how successful ISIS snipers are as a whole if their ‘propo’ footage is of a surviving victim…

    • Wow!

      The only reason why the conflict in the middle east has dragged on for so long is that we have silly rules of engagement and our politicians are not ready for winning or don’t want us to win. Even if it is just by attrition, our men are capable of winning, but they aren’t given the goals and allowances they need to truly reach our full potential. Some of the footage with compliance warnings are so ridiculous, I almost have to check that it is overseas and not in the US with SJW or sovereign citizens. With Bush we had a great foothold there… until he just gave back all of our progress to the very people we fought. Good intentions, terrible execution. Then we have Obama where war is the convenient propaganda source when the heat gets too much for him back at home. Not to mention arming the wrong side, intentionally or not.

      • Marcus D.

        Umm, whaaa? American troops are supposedly noncombatants who can fir only in self defense when fired upon. American troops were kicked out of Iraq by the shi’ia dominated Iraqi government, which at the time was more interested in its relationship with the Iranian government that with us. the Troops in Syria are trainers and battlefront advisers. There are not there in sufficient strength (except in ops they don’t talk about) to engage ISIS or anyone else. that said, I do agree that we never should have supported the shi’ia rebels, most of whom were closely affiliated with Al Queda and only interested in establishing a religious state that would undoubtedly discriminate against anyone not Shi’ia.

        • Wow!

          That is exactly the kind of ridiculousness I am talking about. That kind of political correctness style of fighting is never done by any other invading force and is why we win the battle on the ground but we aren’t gaining anything. There are no rules to true warfare since warfare is inherently above all rules. Any imagination of limitations is simply us restraining ourselves in the naive hope that our enemies will do the same. Equivalent to 16th century British formations. In real life, civilians have no rights to security from war. When one’s country is in combat, one must choose a side and make it be known (and not run away like a refugee). To do otherwise to forfeit your fate to whichever side ends up dominating your territory.

          Take for example the Mexican vigilantes. The drug cartels have been terrorizing Mexico for a long time with the government doing next to nothing to stop them. The people of Mexico are starting to no longer become victims and instead are fighting back. Their methods are cruel and would make any liberal politicians head spin, but they are effective. Areas under vigilante control have drastically less drug trafficking and peripheral crimes. There is no neutrality, there is only to fight or to give up.

          • Marcus D.

            You miss the point: American troops are not combatants in the current imbroglio. If they were, there would be a hell of a lot more of them, and an awful lot of top of the line tanks and artillery. We have been invited to participate in only a limited role. this is not a US war, whatever responsibility we may have for creating the conditions for it to begin. this is very much a religious war between the two major Islamic factions, a war that has been going on for hundreds of years. If we were to intervene, we would be considered–and called–infidel crusaders, and we would have no allies except the Peshmerga.

          • Wow!

            That highlights my point. One is not “invited” to war, one participates in warfare under their own volition for their own benefit and not under obligation to another country and certainly not holding benefit of the doubt for their enemy. This is very much a US war in that terrorists from these regions coming out and attacking our interests and people is why we got in the first place (And 9/11 was not the first instance of this terrorism, it has been going on for a long time). However, the way we are fighting is not in our interests, but as if we are trying to appease some globalist rules of engagement that have no place when our men are at risk. When we control an area, we should dominate it not just physically but culturally. Their culture is the source of their resistance and should be eliminated or controlled. We did this with the Japanese using the emperor (their religious figurehead) and now the Japanese are of the most civilized countries out there despite spawning from one of the most brutal and chaotic nation-state landmass.

          • B-Sabre

            “Noncombatants” who are firing 155mm and rocket artillery in support of the fighting in Mosul, along with the troops who are protecting that firebase, plus the operators embedded directly with Iraqi SF at the point of the spear in Mosul itself….

      • Cal S.

        Oh, I did not mean our guys over there at all. I’m comparing apples to apples with the poorly/un-trained Syrian loyalists fighting ISIS or another rebel group. The fighting boils down to both sides doing mag dumps in the opposite’s general direction before one side gets tired or runs out of ammo. They score a lucky kill or two, and then call it a day. It’s like they’re kids at a fireworks show. There was a very thought-provoking article with the title “Why Arabs Lose Wars”. I highly suggest it.

        Contrast that with PoV footage of rebels and militias on both sides of the Ukrainian fighting*. They probably don’t have any more training than the Arabs, but my goodness they’re about 1000x better at target acquisition and ammunition consumption.

        *Yes, I know some of those are Russian regular infantry ‘volunteers’, but I doubt that anyone would let them record themselves and then upload it to ‘Warleaks’.

      • The reason the conflict has dragged on is Deut 28:12 which was violated in August 1971 by Nixon. We are living all the curses that follow and that includes China (Deut 28:43) the stranger within us.

        • Wow!

          Technically that blame resides with FDR, who was the one who broke the value of the the dollar backed by gold reserves. FDR did this in order to fund his socialism projects known as “New Deal” and this rise in inflation led to the drop of the value of the dollar caused by us paying the bill even to this day.

          The Nixon Shock was unavoidable in that if dollars could be converted to gold at the original deflated price, one could easily sap out the wealth of the nation. It would have been prevented if presidents and congress didn’t spend as much, but stopping spending is as difficult as pulling teeth. Nixon didn’t cause the problem, he was passed the buck and by bad luck had to be the one to break the bad news on the state of our currency.

          The reason the conflict in the middle east even happens is because of islam, a religion that encourages a militaristic “us or them” approach in philosophy allowing any sin or action if it is for the propagation of your sect. People forget in WWI and WWII we were fighting the muslims then who wished to invade Europe for the jihad by allying with the central and axis powers respectively. We established Israel as a buffer to contain them and it worked well for a number of years but people became too reliant on this stopgap and didn’t realize the true nature of the beast until 9/11 (which to most of us wasn’t all that shocking, we saw this threat coming a long time).

          As for Deut 28:43, that is why Trump is building a beautiful wall and Making America Great Again.

          • It goes like such.

            Our free mason Constitution, which God hates, based our money on gold and silver.

            A person called Andrew Jackson Davis with his “magnetism” and anti-Christ books spawned a whole league of followers that eventually led to even the TV shows Star Trek and SGC-1 (Ori refers to Professor Origin based followers fwiw). AJD’s books would eventually lead to the IRS, Federal Reserve, eugenics (abortion of the black race and mongoloids) and PROHIBITION!

            Besides Edgar Allen Poe, one of his students was Edward Cayce. He became the “spiritual” adviser of President Wilson.

            Under the guidance of Cayce, and besides the wonders of the IRS, Federal Reserve, Prohibition, WWI, segregated military, President Wilson killed the silver standard.

            FDR takes the USA off the gold standard

            June 5th 1933
            http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fdr-takes-united-states-off-gold-standard

            During WWII the USA lends to many nations and does not borrow from them (Deut 28:12)

            We kicked God out of our schools in the 1960s.

            President Johnson borrowed money for Vietnam I.

            God showed me why the Deut 28:12 vi9olation, it was because of Deut 27. Shedding innocent blood for money.

            The 1st Roe vs. Wade was 1971

            https://www.oyez.org/cases/1970/84

            Apr 21, 1971
            Appellant
            United States
            Appellee
            Vuitch

            August 15th 1971 President Nixon kills the gold standard. Why? So, he could borrow from other nations to fund the Vietnam War.

            https://history.state.gov/milestones/1969-1976/nixon-shock

            http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/04/us/roe-v-wade-fast-facts/

            January 22, 1973 – The US Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, affirms the legality of a woman’s right to have an abortion under the Fourteenth amendment to the Constitution.

            https://history.state.gov/milestones/1969-1976/nixon-shock

            “Fifteen months later, in February 1973, speculative market pressure led to a further devaluation of the dollar and another set of exchange parities. ”

            Now Congress, being warned the 40 year probation periods were up for borrowing on August 15th 2011 (Deut 28:12) and abortion Jan 2013 (Luke 1:36), Congress choose to go ahead and mock God anyway!

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budget_Control_Act_of_2011

            sequestration aka allow borrowing from other nations

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budget_sequestration

            The sequestration was to come into force on January 1, 2013

            40th year probation period of Roe vs. Wade is Jan 2013

            Oct 17th 2013

            God sends Congress’s own stenographer Dianne Reidy to the House Floor.

            http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/17/why-house-stenographer-dianne-reidy-snapped.html

            We have no audio of what was said on the House Floor, just the hallway. She did not know what she said, I pieced together that from 3 different audio sources and posted to her youtube video.

            Among other things, she said “God will not be mock”, three times. This is the “writing on the wall” from the Book of Daniel where God destroyed Babylon. The book of Daniel was mocked in ObamaCare (along with John Adams …). FWIW: The USA is the whore of Babylon.

            I wrote in Feb and March 2014 God showed me, God was cutting off the hand of Congress (make them useless) before God kills them and sends them directly to hell (no 1,000 year waiting period I guess).

            > didn’t realize the true nature of the beast until 9/11

            Rev 17 is a slice in time of 2001-09-11 and the seven mountains (of Gilboa – look the whole word up in a Strongs – describes how they came down) were WTC 01-07.

            > As for Deut 28:43, that is why Trump is building a beautiful wall
            > and Making America Great Again.

            The USA was founded by Ephraim. The stranger within us is China, which is not from Israel, which built our rail roads, not Mexico.

            How has our Aster free mason sex goddess (Statue of Liberty) melting pot turned out?

            How has depending on Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood turned out?

            How has Syria and Babylon (aka Iraq) turned out so far?

            —–
            Hosea 7 (KJV)
            8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

            9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.

            10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the Lord their God, nor seek him for all this.

            11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
            ——

            > We established Israel as a buffer to contain them

            Jesus said to learn the parable of the fig tree. God planted the 2nd one of good and bad figs in 1948, not the USA, and not for that reason.

            FWIW: The real parable is how the fig tree reproduces with the wasps. People are going to be allowed their false rapture and to believe in the anti-christ which will fly them away in the state of “Israel” 1/2 filled with Kenites (fake Jews). When the REAL Israel is the body of Christ (aka Christians of any blood/race including Kenites).

            Get a Companion Bible, written and published in the late 1890s and early 1900s, well before 1948. Look at Appendix 50, page 50. It was 1948 years from Adam to the birth of Israel’s father. The planting of the 1st fig tree. 70 years later, it bore fruit and Abhram was born.

            The nation Israel (2nd fig tree) was planted again in 1948 A.D. ! 70 years later it will bear fruit again aka 2018.

            As I wrote in 2011, China would most likely attack the USA on 2018-01-20 based on past history, scripture, and Bible numerics. I see nothing to dissuade me from that prediction.

            God has not changed his mind about cutting off the hand of Congress and killing them for mocking him, among various other blatant sins of vile disrespect. Even after having videos of Planned Parenthood selling baby heads to buy new cars, Congress did nothing.

            > Trump is building a beautiful wall

            Unless President Trump (aka King of Babylon aka NYC harbour Aster) cuts off the hand of Congress to do it, you are not getting a wall … the USA is the land of unwalled cities (look that up in a Bible). Nothing is changing that. The USA is living scripture and Bible numerics.

            ► “Curse of the Zeroes” = Solved = USA Judged to be Murderers by God

            > and Making America Great Again.

            You mean we are going back to our early colony and state constitutions that state the reason for them to exist is to promote Jesus Christ to the unknown land, natives, and savages???

            PA’s charter 1681
            as also to reduce the savage Natives by gentle and just mamlers to the Love of Civil Societie and Christian Religion

            Charter of Carolina
            being excited with a laudable and pious zeal for the propagation of the Christian faith, and the enlargement of our empire … which as Christian religion shall increase within the country, isles, islets and limits aforesaid, shall happen hereafter to be erected, together

            Charter of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations – July 15, 1663
            , in the holie Christian ffaith and worshipp as they were perswaded; together with the gaineing over and conversione of the poore ignorant Indian natives,

            In that case, AWESOME, by all means, let us make America great again !!!

            🙂

          • JamesWWIII

            Do you wear that tinfoil hat 24/7, nutbar?

  • Uniform223

    To quote Act of Valor…

    “You a hard mother f-ker! You took one to the face!”

    Don’t care what people say, good movie. On a serious note…
    Yeah, that is one lucky SOB. I’m not really the religious type but I guess we all know now who’s side god is really on.

    • mtman2

      Or which side is on the principly correct side at its core as translated
      “In God WE Trust” = JESUS
      Not Allah+Mohammed…

  • No one

    And yet we consider undergunning our troops with our OWN 7.62mm poodleshooter rounds?

    We need to go back to smokeless .45-70 for TRUE one shot, one kill power!

  • Blake

    I don’t think “stunned” is the right word. I think “reaching up and trying to identify where all the blood is coming from” is more accurate.

  • valorius

    Dood wtf i hit dat dood wit a headshot?! Stoopid lagz!

  • Michael Rice

    Two Tracer rounds and a headshot with 0 kills? I almost feel sorry for Daesh. No, wait, not sorry. Pitty is probably the closest word I can think of, and even that’s pretty far off.

  • Corey Sledd

    Having shot tracers, they do unexpected things.

  • uisconfruzed

    Nathan, there’s no video…..
    Go back to the webs and repost it.

  • jonp

    Video’s gone. Darn, wanted to see that but my question is what is that sniper aiming at? Seriously, headshots?

  • Raguel A’septem

    Anyone got a repost of the video? YouBoob have apparently pulled it.

  • Niguana

    video unavailable

  • art frewin

    didn’t see the video but i do know if you are hit in the head from the front you will not be bending over. my guess is it hit a rifle or something hard on a body. did not look like there was even any hold over.

  • Lee

    Awww man, I click on it and it says video unavailable 🙁 WTH, who censored it….

  • georgesteele

    Video taken down by YouTube. Probably to avoid copycat attacks on nuns or schoolkids or kittens by morons. There needs to be a YouTube for adults.

  • Rico Balagbag

    Anyone got a backup link? The cucks at YouTube deleted it :/