A skilled sniper has attained his spot in military history by using his skill set to take out an Islamic State jihadi from more than two miles away. The special operations Canadian soldier took out the Muslim terrorist while positioned on a high-rise building, laying cover for an operation in Iraq last month.
The soldier was 2.1 miles, or 11,614ft, away from the target, which means he had beaten out the previous British-held record of 1.5 miles.
Due to the top secret nature of the Snipers’ unit, he could not be identified, but we do know that he is part of Canada’s Special Operations, assisting Iraqi forces in the fight to defeat ISIS.
‘The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh attack on Iraqi security forces,’ a military source spoke to a local media outlet in Toronto. The source continued:
‘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 a clue what was happening.’
The source delineated just how much effort it took to pull off a shot like this one, explaining that the sniper had to account for wind, ballistics of the round, and even the curvature of the earth. Every bit and variable had to be accounted for.
A military source shared:
‘This is an incredible feat. It is a world record that might never be equalled.’
The soldier used a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle – so powerful it can shoot through walls. It is designed to be effective only up to 1.2 miles. The Canadian sniper worked with a spotter, whose job is to help get an accurate shot. Spotters use binoculars and can see the target more clearly than the sniper, who uses a scope. Spotters carry a machine gun in case the militants discover their position. The pair will sometimes watch their target for hours.
The spotter is essential because he keeps the sniper up to date on the location of the target and specific details.
The sniper fires after exhaling for seven seconds – or until their lungs are empty and they are at their calmest.
Then they fire and inhale immediately. The spotter will immediately inform them if they have hit the target. If they have missed they have a few seconds to quickly adjust before they are noticed and can try to hit the target again.
The Canadian shooter is part of Joint Task Force 2, which deals with counter-terrorism, sniper operations and hostage rescue. Last night a military spokesman said the task force did not carry out patrols with leading combat troops but was there to ‘enable the Iraqi security forces who are in a tough combat mission’.
The spokesman continued:
‘This takes the form of advice in planning for their operations and assistance to defeat Daesh through the use of coalition resources.’