Thursday, June 22, 2017

Canadian sniper makes history by killing ISIL insurgent from more than 3.5 kilometres away

The Canadian Armed Forces once again hold the title of world’s longest sniper kill after a special forces soldier hit an ISIL fighter from more than three-and-a-half kilometres away.

“The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of the Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target from 3,540 metres” said the Department of National Defence in a Thursday statement.
The kill took place in Iraq as part of Operation IMPACT, Canada’s contribution to anti-ISIL operations in Iraq and Syria.

In addition to training Iraqi security forces and running air support operations, Canada has also been dispatching “highly-skilled CAF members” to support Iraqi troops in the field. Joint Task Force 2, which scored the kill, is Canada’s most elite military unit and one whose existence was, at one time, never directly acknowledged by the Canadian government. Currently, Canadian soldiers occupy three of the top five spots of the longest confirmed sniper kills — all of them as part of counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.