Canadian sniper ‘kills IS militant two miles away’

Last month, a sniper with Canada’s special forces smashed the world record for longest kill shot in military history, taking the life of an ISIS militant in Iraq from a mind-blowing distance of 3,450 meters, Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail proudly reports.A member of Canada’s Joint Task Force 2-part of the USA -led coalition that is taking the fight to ISIS in Iraq-made the kill during an operation that took place within the last month in Iraq, sources told The Globe and Mail. “There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the show was”.According to The Globe and Mail, the kill was independently verified by video camera and other data, but we have not yet seen any footage of the operation. Before him, the record was also held by a Canadian, Corporal Rob Furlong, who in 2002 successfully neutralized a target from 2,430 meters using a McMillan Tac-50. “It is a world record that might never be equaled”.Firing from such a distance, the shooter would have had to account for wind; the round dropping as it was sacked from a higher location; and even the curvature of the earth. He fired a successful shot from a distance of 1.54 miles in November, 2009, killing a Taliban gunner in Afghanistan.The incredible shot required a host of variables to be taken into account before firing, including the type of ammunition, the wind – and even the curvature of the Earth.The longest confirmed sniper kill shot by a USA soldier was by Sgt. Bryan Kremer when he killed an Iraqi insurgent with his Barrett M82A1 rifle at 7,545 feet in 2004.Canadian snipers are renowned and respected in the worldwide military community.”As stated multiple times in the past, members of the Canadian Special Operations Task Force do not accompany leading combat elements, but enable the Iraqi security forces who are in a tough combat mission”, the Canadian military said in a statement. Much of the information about this elite organization is classified and not commented on by the government.According to the source quoted by Globe and Mail, snipers usually work with an observer.