Canadian Sniper claims confirmed kill record - Hits an IS soldier from 2 miles away

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40372403

A sniper in the Canadian special forces shot and killed an Islamic State (IS) fighter from a distance of 2.1 miles (3,540m) in Iraq last month.

Military sources told Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper that the gunman is a member of Joint Task Force 2, and made the shot from a high-rise building.

It took the bullet almost 10 seconds to hit its target, it reports.

The Canadian Special Operations Command confirmed to the BBC the sniper "hit a target" from that distance.

The shot, which sources tell the paper was filmed, is thought to be a record for the longest confirmed kill.

The sniper worked in tandem with an observer, who helps to spot targets, and used a standard Canadian military issued McMillan TAC-50 rifle.

"The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [so-called Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces," a military source told the paper.

"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 described the difficultly of the shot, which required the shooter to account for wind, ballistics, and even the Earth's curvature.

Military experts believe the successful shot may have set a record.

The previous record was held by British sniper, Craig Harrison, who shot and killed a Taliban attacker from 2,475 metres in 2009 using a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle.

The government of Canada's Liberal Party Prime Minister Justin Trudeau halted air strikes against the so-called Islamic State in 2016.

But at the same time, Mr Trudeau announced plans to treble the number of special forces on the ground, as well as increase the number of Canadian Armed Forces members who are tasked with training and assisting local forces.
Of all the nations to get this record, it was the Canucks.
 

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Of all the nations to get this record, it was the Canucks.
You act surprised, but it's not the first time. A recent previous record for longest confirmed sniper kill was held by another Canadian; Rob Furlong. He was later in the news again because he became a cop with the Edmonton Police and got fired for urinating on another officer. lol
 
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You act surprised, but it's not the first time. A recent previous record for longest confirmed sniper kill was held by another Canadian; Rob Furlong.
The most successful WW1 sniper was also Canadian if I remember right.

Canada's the butt of a lot of jokes but their little army distinguishes itself well in pretty much every conflict they take part in.
 

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Give us credit. When we actually fight, we make a difference.

The most successful WW1 sniper was also Canadian if I remember right.

Canada's the butt of a lot of jokes but their little army distinguishes itself well in pretty much every conflict they take part in.
Canada's standard rifle in WWI had the best range, accuracy, and it was one of those neato bolt-actions that required only one motion to chamber the next bullet, as opposed to the standard two motion pull. It was a well-engineered gun...

So long as it was kept pristine. If you so much as spilled water on it, it would require two soldiers to maintain and fire one gun and if you were really unlucky, upon firing, the bolt would explode and launch straight into your eyeball.

So our snipers, who could spend time on keeping their guns clean, did well, but the average trench-monkey was keen on finding dead Brits and stealing their Lee-Enfields.

It's always the quiet ones.
It's true. Look at Finland, they're basically the quietest race of mankind and they birthed good, old Simo Hayha.
 

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The most successful WW1 sniper was also Canadian if I remember right.

Canada's the butt of a lot of jokes but their little army distinguishes itself well in pretty much every conflict they take part in.
Smaller nations that don't have the overwhelming numbers of larger ones can still excel at training specialists like snipers, bomb disposal units and military engineers. Even country you wouldn't think would even have a military like Norway and Sweden have sent specialists to the middle east.
 
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You know what I am glad Canada is keeping up a tradition of having an absolutely awesome military, during WW1 an WW2 the Canadian's were considered the Shock Troops of the Empire an for good reason - they where the most ball's to the wall insane unit in trench fighting and gave precisely 0 shits about taking on German machine gun emplacements with little more than a Webbly Revolver and a club with a bit of barbed wire wrapped around it.
 

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The most successful WW1 sniper was also Canadian if I remember right.

Canada's the butt of a lot of jokes but their little army distinguishes itself well in pretty much every conflict they take part in.
To be fair, they Canucks also have this guy:

http://murderpedia.org/male.W/w/williams-russell.htm



David Russell Williams (born March 7, 1963) is a convicted murderer, rapist, and former Colonel in the Canadian Forces.

From July 2009 to his arrest in February 2010, he commanded Canadian Forces Base Trenton, a hub for air transport operations in Canada and abroad and the country's largest and busiest airbase. Williams was also a decorated military pilot who had flown Canadian Forces VIP aircraft for Canadian dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the governor general, the prime minister, and others.

On February 8, 2010, he was relieved as the base commander at CFB Trenton due to criminal charges. He was formally charged by the Crown Attorney pursuant to provisions set forth in the Criminal Code of Canada on evidence collected by the Ontario Provincial Police with two counts of first-degree murder along with two counts of forcible confinement and two counts of breaking and entering and sexual assault; another 82 charges relating to breaking and entry were subsequently added.

On October 21, 2010, Williams was sentenced to two life sentences for first-degree murder, two 10-year sentences for other sexual assaults, two 10-year sentences for forcible confinement and 82 one-year sentences for burglary; all the sentences will be served concurrently at Kingston Penitentiary. The life sentences mean Williams will serve a minimum of 25 years before parole eligibility. Since he has been convicted of multiple murders, Williams is not eligible for early parole under the so-called "faint hope clause" of the Canadian Criminal Code.

On October 22, 2010, Williams was stripped of his commission, ranks, and awards by the Governor General of Canada on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Staff. His severance pay was terminated and the salary he received following his arrest was seized, although he is still entitled to a pension. Subsequent to his conviction, his uniform was burned, his medals were destroyed and his vehicle crushed and scrapped.
 

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To be fair, they Canucks also have this guy:

http://murderpedia.org/male.W/w/williams-russell.htm



David Russell Williams (born March 7, 1963) is a convicted murderer, rapist, and former Colonel in the Canadian Forces.

From July 2009 to his arrest in February 2010, he commanded Canadian Forces Base Trenton, a hub for air transport operations in Canada and abroad and the country's largest and busiest airbase. Williams was also a decorated military pilot who had flown Canadian Forces VIP aircraft for Canadian dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the governor general, the prime minister, and others.

On February 8, 2010, he was relieved as the base commander at CFB Trenton due to criminal charges. He was formally charged by the Crown Attorney pursuant to provisions set forth in the Criminal Code of Canada on evidence collected by the Ontario Provincial Police with two counts of first-degree murder along with two counts of forcible confinement and two counts of breaking and entering and sexual assault; another 82 charges relating to breaking and entry were subsequently added.

On October 21, 2010, Williams was sentenced to two life sentences for first-degree murder, two 10-year sentences for other sexual assaults, two 10-year sentences for forcible confinement and 82 one-year sentences for burglary; all the sentences will be served concurrently at Kingston Penitentiary. The life sentences mean Williams will serve a minimum of 25 years before parole eligibility. Since he has been convicted of multiple murders, Williams is not eligible for early parole under the so-called "faint hope clause" of the Canadian Criminal Code.

On October 22, 2010, Williams was stripped of his commission, ranks, and awards by the Governor General of Canada on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Staff. His severance pay was terminated and the salary he received following his arrest was seized, although he is still entitled to a pension. Subsequent to his conviction, his uniform was burned, his medals were destroyed and his vehicle crushed and scrapped.
For every great success, someone has to balance the odds.
 
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