A sniper from the Canadian special forces working with Joint Task Force 2 in Iraq just obliterated all standing records for a long-distance confirmed kill. The soldier took out an ISIS jihadi from an astonishing 3540 meters away—that's nearly 2.25 miles.
Canada's Globe and Mail quoted a military source who said the incredible shot "disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces." It was also preferable in this instance to a bomb which might kill civilians as well. The sniper used a "a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didn't have a clue what was happening," the source said.
A separate source told the paper that this amazing hit was no pumped-up brag from the field, but verified by "hard data."
"It isn't an opinion. It isn't an approximation," said the other source, "There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was."
Some in the military indicated a belief that this is an unbreakable record. After all, the previous record-holder was a British sniper who took out a member of the Taliban from just over a mile-and-a-half away.
As the Globe and Mail noted, the longest shot ever made by an American sniper was a 1.4 mile kill by Sgt. Bryan Kremer in 2004.
No one wants to go to war, but if we have to, sounds like the snipers in western military organizations are only getting better and better. And from more than two miles away, the enemy will never know what hit them.
h/t Globe and Mail