A Canadian sniper is a long way from reaching Chris Kyle’s kill count, but he beat his longest successful shot in the fight against ISIS.As those of you who’ve read American Sniper may remember, Kyle took out an insurgent sniper in Iraq from an incredible 2,100 yards (1,921 meters) away. At the time it was the 5th longest recorded sniper kill.
Now, a Canadian sniper is giving them all a run for their money — while taking out an ISIS soldier in the process.As the Washington Examiner reported:
A Canadian sniper set a new record for the longest kill shot in history, killing an Islamic State fighter in Iraq from two miles away, according to a report Thursday.
The unnamed Joint Task Force 2 sharp shooter is a member of Canada’s elite special forces and made the shot from a high-rise building sometime in the past 30 days.The bullet from the soldier’s McMillan Tac-50 rifle flew the two miles in 10 seconds.
“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh (Islamic State) attack on Iraqi security forces,” a military official told the Toronto Globe and Mail. “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.”
Task force troops are in Iraq to advise and aid the nation’s security forces.The longest shot record had been held by British sniper Craig Harrison whose 1.53-mile shot killed two Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
Canada removed its fighter jets from Iraq last year, but has enhanced its remaining soldiers in the country as a means of training and assisting Iraq’s forces.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]