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Record Two-Mile Sniper Shot Kills ISIS Militant

| by Robert Fowler
A U.S. sniper in AfghanistanA U.S. sniper in Afghanistan

A Canadian sniper broke the record for the farthest confirmed kill in history by killing a member of the Islamic State group from a distance of more than two miles away. The sniper's identity has not been disclosed.

On June 22, the Canadian Armed Forces disclosed that a member of its Joint Task Force 2 had successfully killed an ISIS militant from a distance of 3,540 meters.

"The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target at 3,540 [meters]," the CF said in a statement, according to The Globe and Mail.

The confirmed kill took occurred in Iraq within the last month, but the CF declined to specify the exact location or the name of the record-breaking sniper.

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"For operational security reasons and to preserve the safety of our personnel and our Coalition partners we will not discuss precise details on when and how this incident took place," the CF added.

One Canadian military source familiar with the confirmed kill commended the operation for avoiding any collateral damage.

"The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces," the military official said. "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 way, the bad guys didn't have a clue what was happening."

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In 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discontinued the CF's air force campaign in the fight against ISIS, instead opting to increase the presence of Canadian special forces trainers in Iraq, CBC News reported at the time.

Speaking to The Globe and Mail, the military source asserted that the JTF2 sniper had not violated the CF's current policy of only advising and assisting Iraqi forces.

The previous record-holder for the longest fatal shot in history was British sniper Craig Harrison, who killed a militant in Afghanistan from a distance of 2,475 meters, or approximately 1.5 miles, in 2009.

The record sniper shot from a U.S. soldier came from Brian Kemer, who had a confirmed kill from a distance of 2,300 meters, approximately 1.4 miles, in 2004, according to Newsweek.

After the latest development, three of the five record-holders for the farthest sniper shot in history were fired off by Canadian service members.

"Canada has a world-class sniper system," another military official said. "It is not just a sniper. They work in pairs. There is an observer. This is a skill set that only a very few people have."

The JTF2 sniper used a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle, the largest shoulder-fired firearm available. Former U.S. Army Ranger sniper Ryan Cleckner marveled at the degree of difficulty for the record-breaking shot.

"The spotter would have had to successfully calculate five factors: distance, wind, atmospheric conditions and the speed of the earth’s rotation at their latitude," Cleckner told Fox News.

The former Army Ranger said the confirmed kill was "incredible."

Sources: Fox NewsThe Globe and Mail, CBC News, Newsweek / Photo Credit: Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe via Department of Defense/Wikimedia CommonsSteven Young via Defense Video Imagery Distribution SystemR. Logan Kyle/Wikimedia Commons

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