Canadian sniper in Iraq sets world record with 3.5km kill shot

WASHINGTON • A Canadian Special Operations sniper shot an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighter from 3.54km away in Iraq, Toronto-based Globe and Mail newspaper reported on Thursday.

The shot, according to the report, happened within the last month.

In a statement following publication of the article, the Canadian Special Operations Command confirmed that one of its soldiers from the elite Joint Task Force 2 hit a human target from 3,540m away.

It did not say exactly where the event took place, citing operational security reasons.

Major-General Michael Rouleau told the Globe and Mail on Thursday that the feat shattered the world military record.

"This is an incredible martial achievement. Achieving a confirmed sniper shot at this distance is unprecedented," he said.

The world record was previously held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taleban gunner with an Accuracy International rifle from 2,475m away in 2009.

The Globe and Mail said the shooter used a McMillan Tac-50 rifle, which is made in the US. The .50-calibre rifle is known in the Canadian armed forces as the C15 Long Range Sniper Weapon and was responsible for multiple record-breaking shots during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in 2002.

The weapon has a maximum effective range of around 3,657m and weighs roughly 12kg.

The Canadian military maintains a robust special operations presence in Iraq in lieu of conducting airstrikes on behalf of the US-led coalition. Much like their American counterparts, the units provide assistance for Iraqi forces and have been filmed on the front lines.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2017, with the headline 'Canadian sniper in Iraq sets world record with 3.5km kill shot'. Print Edition | Subscribe