A sniper with Canada’s JTF-2 in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,450 metres in Iraq.
Military sources say a member of Canada’s elite special forces killed an Islamic State militant with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle while firing from a high-rise during an secret operation that took place within the last month in Iraq at undisclosed location. It took under 10 seconds to hit the target.
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.
“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 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 sniper 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 revealed.
According to the SOF community, this is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equalled.
The world record was previously held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban gunner with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle from 2,475 metres away in 2009.
U.S. Sergeant Bryan Kremer has the longest confirmed sniper kill shot by a U.S. soldier. He killed an Iraqi insurgent with his Barrett M82A1 rifle at 2,300 metres in 2004.
JTF2 special forces are primarily tasked with counterterrorism, sniper operations and hostage rescue. Much of the information about this elite unit is classified and not commented on by the government. The organization’s snipers and members of Canadian Special Operations Regiment, who are carrying out the main task of training Kurdish forces, have been operating in tough conditions in Iraq.
Canada has a reputation among Western military forces for the quality of its snipers, despite the small size of the Canadian Armed Forces compared to the United States and Britain.