A SNIPER with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for longest confirmed kill from a staggering distance of 3450 metre
A member of Joint Task Force 2 killed an Islamic State terrorist with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle, The Glode and Mail reported.
“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces,” said a military source, who stressed the operation fell within the strictures of the Trudeau government’s advise and assist mission.
“Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening.”
The shot took just under 10 seconds to hit the target and was fired from a high-rise location during an operation within the past four weeks.
A SNIPER with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for longest confirmed kill from a staggering distance of 3450 metres.
The kill was independently verified by video camera and other data, The Globe and Mail reported.
“Hard data on this. It isn’t an opinion. It isn’t an approximation. There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was,” another military source said.
“This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equalled.”
The longest confirmed kill world record was previously held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban soldier with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle from 2475 metres away in 2009.
Previously Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong had set the world record in 2002 at 2430 metres when he gunned down an Afghan insurgent carrying an RPK machine gun during Operation Anaconda.
An Australian sniper killed a Taliban commander at 2815 metres with a Barrett M82A1, The Daily Telegraph reported in October 2012.
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CANADA’S ROLE IN IRAQ
Canada is not part of The Multi-National Force — Iraq which consists of military from the US, UK, Australia, Spain and Poland.
But Candaa is reported to have about 200 JTF2 elite special forces operating in northern Iraq, primarily tasked with counter-terrorism, sniper operations and hostage rescue.
The Trudeau government has expanded the military commitment in Iraq, committing 207 Canadian special forces trainers in an assist, train and advise mission. Canadian commandos are not meant to be involved in direct combat.
For operational security reasons, sources would not reveal the names of the elite Canadian sniper and his partner, nor the location where the action took place.
“Canada has a world-class sniper system. It is not just a sniper. They work in pairs. There is an observer,” a military source said. “This is a skill set that only a very few people have.”
The skill of the JTF2 sniper in taking down an insurgent at 3450 metres required math skills, great eyesight, precision of ammunition and firearms, and superb training.
“It is at the distance where you have to account not just for the ballistics of the round, which change over time and distance, you have to adjust for wind, and the wind would be swirling,” said a source with expertise in training Canadian special forces.
“You have to adjust for him firing from a higher location downward and as the round drops you have to account for that. And from that distance you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth.”
Source: Iraq: Canadian JTF2 sniper breaks longest confirmed kill record | Perth Now