London : British special forces are reportedly using stealth clothing dubbed as “combat burqas” in their hunt for feared Islamic State executioner Jihadi John in Syria.
SAS and other elite snipers are wearing the suits which keep them hidden from sophisticated surveillance systems used by Islamic State extremists in Syria.
Branded the “combat burqa”, it is believed the outfits were funded with a 1.1 billion pounds war chest unveiled last year by Prime Minister David Cameron in the campaign against terror, the Sunday Mirror reported. SAS teams are also wearing the black fatigues of Islamic State and using Toyota pick-up trucks to avoid suspicion from locals, the report said.
To combat the risk of so-called “friendly fire”, they attach the Union Jack to their vehicles when they return to coalition strongholds. The specialist suits are also being used by units deployed on reconnaissance missions, a source was quoted as saying.
“It is difficult to wear, but when you’re within range of radar it is a life-saver. It reflects infrared as well as disrupting the human signature so the enemy cannot see us on their radar. We know they captured some very advanced equipment from the Iraqis which the US donated to them,” the source said. “The clothing certainly has the capability to allow us to operate as ‘ghosts’, which has a major psychological impact on the enemy, who know we’re there but cannot see us,” he said.