- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 22, 2017

A kill shot against an ISIS terrorist in Iraq in May came from a Canadian sniper’s rifle over two miles away.

Canadian Armed Forces has confirmed an operation in Iraq that required one of its special operations forces to fire a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle from 3,540 meters away. The call was made to attempt a record-breaking shot as a means of avoiding civilian casualties.

“The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target at 3,540 meters,” officials told The Globe and Mail in a statement released Wednesday. “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.”

A military source told the website that the kill shot was independently verified by video and other equipment.

“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [ISIS] attack on Iraqi security forces,” the source 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.”

The source said that such a feat is astonishing because the sniper must factor in the ballistics of the round, wind, gravity and other factors.

“You have to adjust for him firing from a higher location downward and as the round drops you have to account for that,” the source said. “From that distance you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth.”

The previous record came from British sniper Craig Harrison in 2009, the website reported. He shot a Taliban gunner from 2,475 meters away.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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