It took the military less than a month to break their word about Kyle remaining in a quiet zone. All night long they hoped they would work six feet across and not end up six feet under. [56][57] On the way to the shooting range, Kyle texted Littlefield, "This dude is straight-up nuts." The $500k defamation suit was remanded back to trial. He was in Fallujah in 2004. 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. They knew they were being watched by the enemy. Kyle did make a shot of over 6,000 feet, but that was in Ramadi, not Sadr City. Former SEAL Chris Kyle Is The Deadliest Sniper The US Military Has Ever Seen . Chris Kyle's American Sniper Chapter Summary. [38] On July 29, 2014, the jury returned a recommendation of 8 to 2 that Kyle was liable to Ventura for defamation and unjust enrichment, but not appropriation. [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. 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. Kyle stated that the numbers the Navy said he killed, varied from time to time. 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. [49] Kyle claimed there was security footage, and that when police officers approached him about the killings, he redirected them to the Government, and so Kyle was never charged. However, there is no evidence the incident occurred. [3][17], In his book, American Sniper, Kyle describes his longest successful shot: in 2008, outside Sadr City, he killed an insurgent sniper aiming at other members of the U.S. military with "a straight-up luck shot" from his McMillan TAC-338 sniper rifle from about 2,100 yards (1,920 m) away. The group’s fighters also had a seemingly unending supply of IEDs, … The truck crossed a street, then sped up wildly heading far out of range of our protective units. They’d switch back and forth all night long, continuously anxious, fearful, and alert. 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Gov. There Kyle claimed they started shooting a number of armed residents or looters, whom they identified as making trouble. The struggle for control of Sadr City is more than a test of wills with renegade Shiite militias. On February 16, 2016, signs for the 11-mile stretch of Highway 287 through Midlothian, Texas, were unveiled. So I watched the wall being built while also coordinating the engineers, infantry, armor, and air assets, like helicopters, in sector. Photo by Daniel Savage. Mustafa (died 2 August 2006) was a Syrian member of al-Qaeda in Iraq. It was so armored that normal bullets could not have penetrated the armor—much less go deep enough to kill an engine. [75][76] The bill was co-sponsored by 53 Republican congressional leaders. [30], Kyle paired with FITCO Cares Foundation, a nonprofit organization which created the Heroes Project to provide free in-home fitness equipment, individualized programs, personal training, and life-coaching to in-need veterans with disabilities, Gold Star families, or those suffering from PTSD. Chapter 12. American Sniper filming location: the rooftop battle in ‘Sadr City, Iraq’: Broadway Street, El Centro, California | Photograph: Google Maps A bulked-up Bradley Cooper is almost unrecognisable as Chris Kyle, heroic saver of countless lives or ruthless fantasist? I fought in the Battle of Sadr City, which is where Navy SEAL Sniper, Chris Kyle, tallied a vast majority of his confirmed kills. I knew we were dealing with a well-trained sniper. ... Baghdad slum neighbourhood of Sadr City. The firefight and rescue happened in Sadr City, but Kyle didn’t shoot that opposing sniper, another American sniper shot that guy. [81] For his portrayal of Kyle, Cooper received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and the film was nominated in five other categories, including Best Picture. He’d grip the thin metal of the ladder as his stomach clenched, wondering if this climb would be his last. Photo by Master Sgt. [73] In 2015, Morris made another attempt to get a road named after Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. Kyle saw a combatant with a rocket launcher moving towards an American convoy and killed him with a single round. A Cobra Pilot’s Story of Military Sexual Assault. The warehouse was featured towards the end of American Sniper, during Chris Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) fourth tour of duty in Sadr City. After a few tense minutes, the Stryker platoon flagged the truck down, before they could get further into danger. Please do not change or edit our material and include all links from our story. While fighting in Sadr City, Kyle has several brushes with death—one day, he’s shot in the back, and the force of a bomb throws him to the ground. ... 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. Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, is born and raised in Texas. [34] On the show, Kyle alleged that the character "Scruff" in his book is former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura. Petty Officer Kyle's efforts were integral to the success of four U.S. Army and Marine Corps Battalion Task Force operations, establishing U.S. and Iraqi Army combat outposts in previously insurgent-held areas. "[20] In his autobiography, Kyle wrote: The Navy credits me with more kills as a sniper than any other American service member, past or present. Kyle fired a single shot using a sniper rifle and successfully hit the man, killing him before he could cause any harm. [13] Kyle graduated with Class 233 in March 2001. [44][45] In December 2017, the case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Thursday May 15, 2008 at 4:52 AM. I became fascinated by the location due to both the fact that it is abandoned (obviously!) [17] He later stated, "the woman was already dead. Eight US troops were killed and 51 more wounded in the bloody battle. psychotic. He picked up a gun and shot both robbers dead. Ventura filed a lawsuit in January 2012 against Kyle for charges of defamation, appropriation, and unjust enrichment. He was awarded one Silver Star Medal, four Bronze Star Medals with "V" devices, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous other unit and personal awards. [15] The publisher HarperCollins states: "The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyle's kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the total number for this book. Both guns belonged to Kyle. Share on ... Pfc. Our journalism depends on your support. He served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. Routh had been in and out of mental hospitals for at least two years and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. I served there as an “IED (Improvised Explosive Device) Hunter” and my platoon’s medic. The constant back and forth with his wife, the costar in this movie, drags this production down to the mediocre level. Famous for his book American Sniper, he is one of the most successful American snipers. The driver was unharmed but we took his helmet away, bullet still lodged in it, and sent it to our higher intelligence to analyze. 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. 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 … Photo by 1st Sgt. He went back, to Ramadi in 2006, and then again, to Baghdad in 2008, where he was called in to secure the Green Zone by going into Sadr City. At 12 feet tall, roughly 6 feet wide, and a foot thick, they were massive, bulky barriers. 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. You may embed and republish any written story as long as you strictly follow these guidelines: A Marine Recon Scout Sniper (Tony Nevada) that accompanies Kyle on a mission in Iraq is seen firing a M40A3 Sniper Rifle while engaging insurgents in Sadr City. [66], A memorial service was held for Kyle at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on February 11, and he was buried on February 12, 2013, at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, after the funeral cortege journeyed from Midlothian to Austin, more than 200 miles (320 km). ... His most distant kill was from 2,100 yards away outside Sadr City in 2008. The firefight and rescue happened in Sadr City, but Kyle didn’t shoot that opposing sniper, another American sniper shot that guy. We briefed them on the couple of incidents and escorted them around Sadr City for a few days. Our journalism depends on your support. I became fascinated by the location due to both the fact that it is abandoned (obviously!) Cav trooper survives Sadr City sniper. The army trucks were heavily up-armored—armor that would stop almost all rounds. Marines of 3rd Platoon, Charlie Co. 1/4 pinned down in a school in Sadr City on August 12, 2004, Najaf, Iraq [828x543] Close. [32], In his book American Sniper, Kyle wrote a subchapter titled "Punching Out Scruff Face" about an alleged altercation in a bar. The bill was changed to only reflect Chris Kyle's name. The warehouse was featured towards the end of American Sniper, during Chris Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) fourth tour of duty in Sadr City. 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). An eponymous film adaptation of Kyle's book, directed by Clint Eastwood, was released two years later. The only place that wasn’t as up-armored was about a 2- to 3-inch section from the top of the door to the roof of the vehicle. Most weren’t a problem, but two incidents indicated one sniper in particular was very well armed and very well trained. [15][21], On July 8, 2016, the U.S. Navy corrected Kyle's DD Form 214 regarding some decorations listed on his original discharge document. 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