ISIS militant killed by Canadian solider in Iraq, more than two miles away. Soldier breaks world record for longest confirmed military sniper kill.
The feat was achieved on a mission that took place in the last 30 days. The gun specialist from elite Joint Task Force 2 took the shot from a high-rise, according to Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper.
“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces.” shares an anonymous military source. Anonymity requested due to the operation being classified. He goes on to share “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 away, the bad guys didn’t have clue what was happening.”
The source adds that the shot was independently verified by video camera. It was a 3,450-meter shot, that took about 10 seconds to hit the target.
The previous record holder was British sniper, Craig Harrison. Harrison shot a Taliban gunman from 2,475 meters away (a mile and a half) in 2009, Afghanistan.
The Canadian forces have been involved in the war against ISIS since 2014. New government Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expanded the number of Canadian special forces from 69 to 207.
The U.S. military Sergeant Bryan Kremer, holds the record for longest kill by an American soldier. In 2004, Kremer killed an Iraqi insurgent from 2,300 meters away.
Joint Task Force troops are often tasked with sniper operations, hostage rescue and counterterrorism operations. The record holder is a member of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment.
Snipers usually work with an observer, who informs the sniper the variables that effect the shot. “Canada has a world-class sniper system,” shares the source, “it’s not just a sniper, they work in pairs… this is a skill set that only very few people have.”
The sniper and observers have to take into consideration wind speed, inclines, downward motion, distance and bullet speed.
“You have to adjust for him firing from a higher location downward and as the round drops you have to account for that.” continues the source, “And from that distance you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth.”
Canadian snipers hold the most spots in the top five kills.
Newsweek’s Longest kill list:
- Canadian Sniper in Iraq (2017): 3,450 meters
- British Sniper Craig Harrison in Afghanistan (2009): 2,475 meters
- Canadian Sniper Rob Furlong in Afghanistan (2002): 2,430 meters
- Canadian Sniper Arron Perry in Afghanistan (2002): 2,310 meters
- U.S Sniper Brian Kremer in Iraq (2004): 2,300 meters