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Remembering The Devil of Ramadi

Post by: Kabita Sonowal
















On February 2, 2013, former American Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in American Military history was shot dead at Glen Rose in Texas. He was Chris Kyle. His autobiography titled American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (co-authored with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice) is a revelation of the number of people he killed in combat during the Iraq war, his tribute to American soldiers and the toll that the war took on his marriage and children. He was formidable to the enemy. It is no wonder why the Iraqi insurgents referred to him as ‘Shaitan Ar-Ramadi’ or ‘the devil of Ramadi’ while his NAVY SEAL comrades titled him ‘the legend’. He carried a bounty on his head worth $20,000 (later increased to $80,000) due to his deadly operations in Iraq.


A native of Texas, Kyle learned to shoot when he was eight-years old. He learned how to hunt pheasant, quail and deer with a shotgun. He became a bronco rodeo rider by profession before he joined the US Navy SEAL. Post 9/11, he was part of the Operation Iraqi Freedom and fought every key battle. He was wounded in the war too. He was shot a couple of times. According to the official figures from the Pentagon, he killed 160 people; however his estimate of the killings goes up to as high as 255.  Once of the instances mentioned in his book is that of his shooting a woman who walked towards the American troops with a hand grenade. Later he said, “This was the first time I was going to have to kill someone. I didn't know whether I was going to be able to do it, man, woman or whatever.”


Ironically, Kyle was murdered at Rough Creek Lodge range in Texas by a war veteran who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At the time of murder, Kyle was trying to help him cope with it. He was 38 years old when he died.

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