Thursday, June 22, 2017

Coalition of the Willing Larger Than I Thought

I was listening to NPR the other day, and they were discussing operations in Afghanistan.  The interview was with a New Zealand general in charge of some part of the operation.

Now I see this 6/22/17 USA Today article:
A Canadian soldier in Iraq has killed an ISIS militant from more than two miles away, shattering the world record for a confirmed sniper kill in military history.
According to Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper, the gun specialist from the elite Joint Task Force 2 achieved the feat with a shot from a high-rise during an operation within the past 30 days.
“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces,” a military source — who requested anonymity because the unit’s operations are classified — told the paper. “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 3,450-meter shot, which took about 10 seconds to reach its target, was independently verified by a video camera and other data, the source said.
Canadian sniper in Iraq?  I thought we were alone there.

This is very interesting partly because our HVAC guy was Special Forces sniper in the first Iraq war.


  1. It was an accident; we'll try to not do it ever again.


  2. The previous post was labeld "Another gun control success story"

    Shouldn't this story also be labeled "Yet another gun control success story"?

    John Henry