The Special Forces veteran, who uses the pseudonym Chris Craighead on Instagram, shared a photograph showing his face for the first time. The image shows Craighead (right) leading Kenyan security forces towards the luxury DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi in 2019 before storming the complex and defeating al-Shabaab terrorists

SAS hero who battled terrorists in Kenyan resort siege reveals id after individuals impersonated him – Internewscast

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An SAS soldier who fought terrorists in a Kenyan resort siege whereas off-duty has been compelled to disclose his id after individuals stored impersonating him on social media and in pubs close to the elite drive’s Hereford base. 

The Particular Forces veteran, who makes use of the pseudonym Chris Craighead on Instagram, shared {a photograph} exhibiting his face for the primary time.

The picture exhibits Craighead main Kenyan safety forces in direction of the luxurious DusitD2 resort in Nairobi in 2019 earlier than storming the complicated and defeating al-Shabaab terrorists.

In beforehand printed footage, his options had been hidden – both by clothes or the blurring of photographs –  to guard his id after he ended the fear siege on the resort which left at the very least 21 individuals useless.

However now, Craighead has determined to publish a picture exhibiting his face as a result of the ‘actions of others have compelled my hand’.

An in depth pal of Craighead informed MailOnline that the SAS veteran made the choice as a result of individuals had been impersonating him on social media and on the streets of Hereford. 

The supply mentioned Craighead has additionally obtained threatening messages on social media saying ‘I do know who you’re’ and ‘I do know what you appear like’ after photographs circulated on-line.   

On condition that the pictures of him had been changing into ‘more and more obtainable’, Craighead needed to have the facility to share the primary picture of his face.   

The Special Forces veteran, who uses the pseudonym Chris Craighead on Instagram, shared a photograph showing his face for the first time. The image shows Craighead (right) leading Kenyan security forces towards the luxury DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi in 2019 before storming the complex and defeating al-Shabaab terrorists

The Particular Forces veteran, who makes use of the pseudonym Chris Craighead on Instagram, shared {a photograph} exhibiting his face for the primary time. The picture exhibits Craighead (proper) main Kenyan safety forces in direction of the luxurious DusitD2 resort in Nairobi in 2019 earlier than storming the complicated and defeating al-Shabaab terrorists

In previously published pictures, his features were hidden so as to protect his identity. Pictured: Craighead and a security officer escort an injured man who was attacked in the terror siege

In previously published pictures, his features were hidden so as to protect his identity. Pictured: Craighead and a security officer escort an injured man who was attacked in the terror siege

In beforehand printed footage, his options had been hidden in order to guard his id. Pictured: Craighead and a safety officer escort an injured man who was attacked within the terror siege

Craighead posted on Instagram: ‘I’m doing this sooner than I deliberate, however the actions of others have compelled my hand into prematurely revealing my face.

‘This picture and others prefer it have gotten more and more obtainable, so I assumed I needs to be the one to share the primary with you.’

Craighead added: ‘Thanks to all these near me who assist, information, help, and preserve me balanced throughout this time in my life.

‘One other massive thanks to everybody round this planet who helps my web page and its message.’

A supply, who has been an in depth pal of Craighead for eight years, solely informed MailOnline: ‘There’s a really particular cause why he has revealed his id. And that’s as a result of he’s had lots of people impersonating him with stolen valour claiming they’re him. They’ve created numerous fictitious accounts. 

‘And on prime of that as nicely, he’s had individuals sending him messages saying “we all know who you’re” and “we all know what you appear like”.’  

The shut pal added that there are a variety of Walter Mitty varieties – referring to the character within the movie The Secret Reside of Walter Mitty who lives in a world of daydreams the place he’s a hero – who’re claiming to be Craighead. 

They’ve even been seen strolling round Hereford and boasting to pals on the pub that they’re Craighead and saved a whole bunch of individuals in Nairobi. 

Craighead was awarded a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, a bravery medal second solely to a Victoria Cross, for his response to the gun and grenade assault by the terrorists.  

Photographs from the scene in Nairobi present the off-duty SAS hero carrying fight gear over a purple shirt and denims as he entered the complicated earlier than rising with terrified survivors. 

The supply mentioned: ‘[Christian] is aware of of individuals are going spherical as Walter Mitty varieties – the regiment has a Walter Mitty hunters membership the place they mainly exit and discover these people who find themselves impersonating and saying they’ve been within the regiment.

‘He is aware of of a number of people who’ve been operating spherical claiming to be Christian Craighead. 

‘They’re operating spherical with this stolen valour, which is probably the most despicable crime if you consider the honour and bravado you’ve obtained to need to rescue all these individuals.’

The supply added: ‘It’s actually disconcerting the quantity of Walter Mitty’s operating round claiming to be him. You’ve obtained to be a fairly despicable individual to say that you just’re this hero who has been on this state of affairs. 

‘There are a variety of them round, together with in Hereford itself, it’s actually fairly one thing.’

Craighead was awarded a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, a bravery medal second only to a Victoria Cross, for his response to the gun and grenade attack by the terrorists

Craighead was awarded a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, a bravery medal second only to a Victoria Cross, for his response to the gun and grenade attack by the terrorists

Craighead was awarded a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, a bravery medal second solely to a Victoria Cross, for his response to the gun and grenade assault by the terrorists

The supply continued: ‘[Craighead] has heard – and it’s fairly a standard factor for individuals to do – somebody goes right into a pub, and say the outdated line ‘I can neither verify or deny’ and also you suppose ‘actually?’. 

‘And when individuals make these claims after having a few beers on the pub, individuals within the know will ask them a query about it.   

‘There’s been this motion of people that need to declare that heroic act and declare they’re him – these are people who find themselves not within the army and don’t have anything to do with the army. 

‘The factor about Hereford is that you could go round and people will put on sure parts of clothes that indicate that they’re within the particular forces – sure gear that particular forces would put on.’ 

Additionally it is not simply people who find themselves impersonating Craighead in individual – there have been scores of social media accounts.

‘There are numerous social media accounts flying round of individuals claiming to be him. 

‘Individuals have gotten maintain of photographs of him unmasked that had been initially printed on the time, and now the cat’s out of the bag so that you would possibly as nicely do it as your self.’ 

Images from the scene show the off-duty SAS hero wearing combat gear over a purple shirt and jeans as he entered the complex before emerging with terrified survivors

Images from the scene show the off-duty SAS hero wearing combat gear over a purple shirt and jeans as he entered the complex before emerging with terrified survivors

Photographs from the scene present the off-duty SAS hero carrying fight gear over a purple shirt and denims as he entered the complicated earlier than rising with terrified survivors

Craighead is publishing a e book entitled ‘One Man In: The Explosive Firsthand Account of the Lone Particular-Ops Soldier Who Fought Off a Main Terrorist Assault in Kenya’ however the publication date has been delayed from July 2021. 

It’s because Craighead is working with the Ministry of Defence to examine for confidentiality points.   

Below strict guidelines, Particular Forces troops should not talk about their missions in public or search to ‘money in’ on operations.

The foundations had been launched following the furore over books by ex-troopers Chris Ryan and Andy McNab which dramatically raised the SAS’s public profile and led to issues over Particular Forces troops leaking delicate data which might compromise future operations.

Talking concerning the e book, Craighead’s shut pal mentioned: ‘Who is aware of about when the e book will come out, however Chris has labored with the MOD proper from the very begin and continues to take action. 

‘Most individuals on the earth knew it occurred , however no one is aware of what really occurred, so hopefully it needs to be cleared. 

‘A lot of Chris’s friends previous and current are massively supportive of him and the e book. Numerous the blokes from the regiment have additionally pre ordered copies of the e book.’ 

Craighead had been stationed in Kenya to assist practice the nation’s troopers and was off-duty when closely armed jihadis from the al-Shabaab terror group seized the Dusit D2 luxurious resort complicated, setting fireplace to automobiles, detonating explosions and embarking on a mass capturing.

The 19-hour siege left 21 useless, together with British charity employee Luke Potter.    

Craighead has beforehand printed images of himself throughout the resort siege, however they’ve at all times had his options coated. 

In one image posted on his Instagram account, he can be seen holding up his rifle while inside the hotel complex as he is joined by members of the security forces. Speaking about the image, he said: 'This would have been taken around two hours or so into the incident. By this time I was working alongside members of the security forces, pictured in the foreground'

In one image posted on his Instagram account, he can be seen holding up his rifle while inside the hotel complex as he is joined by members of the security forces. Speaking about the image, he said: 'This would have been taken around two hours or so into the incident. By this time I was working alongside members of the security forces, pictured in the foreground'

In a single picture posted on his Instagram account, he could be seen holding up his rifle whereas contained in the resort complicated as he’s joined by members of the safety forces. Talking concerning the picture, he mentioned: ‘This could have been taken round two hours or so into the incident. By this time I used to be working alongside members of the safety forces, pictured within the foreground’

In a single picture, he could be seen holding up his rifle whereas contained in the resort complicated as he’s joined by members of the safety forces. 

Talking concerning the picture, he mentioned: ‘This could have been taken round two hours or so into the incident. By this time I used to be working alongside members of the safety forces, pictured within the foreground.’ 

Craighead additionally shared a picture of him and former U.S. President Donald Trump in 2019 after the President personally thanked the previous SAS soldier for his efforts within the siege. 

Craighead, whose decrease a part of his face is blurred within the picture, wrote on Instagram in November 2020: ‘Final 12 months I met the forty fifth President of the USA Donald J. Trump.

‘When he heard from key figures of the administration that I used to be on the town, he took the time to thank me personally for saving American lives.’

His shut pal mentioned: ‘Lets not neglect what occurred in Nairobi on that day when he went in single handedly – one man in on his personal – and saved many many lives, over 700 individuals had been rescued on that day. 

‘His actions had been actually heroic on that day, so many may have adopted that story and been impressed by his heroism and bravado.  

Many lives had been saved on that day, you solely have to have a look at the feedback on his Instagram account and that claims all of it. 

‘Chris is a brilliant humble man, one of many geezers, he didn’t ask for the eye to fall on him, he simply did what anybody else would do in that state of affairs and that’s to protect and save lives. He’s very pleased with the regiment and what it stands for.’

The al-Shabaab terror group claimed that the attack was a response to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Pictured: Craighead storming the hotel

The al-Shabaab terror group claimed that the attack was a response to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Pictured: Craighead storming the hotel

The al-Shabaab terror group claimed that the assault was a response to US President Donald Trump’s controversial determination to recognise Jerusalem because the capital of Israel. Pictured: Craighead storming the resort

Craighead shared a photo of himself meeting President Donald Trump on Instagram

Craighead shared a photo of himself meeting President Donald Trump on Instagram

Craighead shared a photograph of himself assembly President Donald Trump on Instagram

The al-Shabaab terror group claimed that the assault was a response to US President Donald Trump’s controversial determination to recognise Jerusalem because the capital of Israel.

On the time, Joshua Kwambai, who rushed out of a restaurant because the terrorists opened fireplace, mentioned Craighead was one of many first individuals to get on the market. 

Mr Kwambi added that the soldier was carrying a masks however it was apparent he was white – and he might see him talking with the police and armed forces, who had been listening to him.

They’d been paper – doable plans of the constructing, he mentioned.    

Witness Lucy Njeri mentioned the soldier carried out one of many wounded then went again inside to take action a second time.  

Supply: dailymail

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