Few things can get an insurgent in more trouble that a false sense of security.
And when then feeling of security is shattered, you now have combatants with diminished confidence resulting in their looking over their shoulders instead of paying attention to accomplishing their assigned missions.
Snipers are an especially effective tool for shattering an enemy’s confidence if for no other reason than that they operate from such extreme distances that they cannot be detected until its too late.
A member of Canada’s elite Joint Task Force 2 just claimed the prize for the world’s longest successful sniper shot, 3,540 meters.
The victim was an ISIS operative in Iraq. He obviously had no idea what was coming nor any time to react.
“‘The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of Joint Task Force 2 successfully hit a target at 3,540 metres,’ the forces said in a statement. ‘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 elite sniper was using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle while firing from a high-rise during an operation that took place within the last month in Iraq. It took under 10 seconds to hit the target.”
“‘The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces,’ said a military source. ‘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.'”
This is an extraordinary accomplishment. It’s not just a matter of the rifle being held rock steady. Since it took about ten seconds for the bullet to hit its target, wind speed and direction, drag, and gravity must all be factored in when aiming with virtually no margin for error. It seems like an impossible task.
And it turns out that our Canadian friends are rather good at this.
“Weeks before, Canadian Master Cpl. Arron Perry briefly held the world’s best sniper record after he fatally shot an insurgent at 2,310 metres during the same operation. Both soldiers were members of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.”
As a result, two members of ISIS have been wiped out with zero collateral damage to innocent civilians. As such, this is almost the perfect method for attacking the terrorist group.
If there is an unfortunate side to this, it is that such tactics cannot be used exclusively to eradicate the plague that ISIS represents as there are far too many terrorists in motion or in hiding. Nevertheless, news does travel, and surely those who have ascended to the top leadership positions in that terrorist group now have one more thing to worry about.
Source: Globe and Mail