A Canadian elite special forces sniper serving in Iraq has shattered the British-held world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in history.
The soldier, who has not been named, killed an Islamic State militant from 3,450 metres away - more than 2 miles.
A military source, who stressed that the operation fell within the remit of Canada's advise and assist mission, told the Globe and Mail:
"The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh attack on Iraqi security forces.
"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."
Using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle from a high rise building, the bullet took less than 10 seconds to hit its target.
The confirmed kill breaks a record held by a British sniper, Craig Harrison, by nearly 1000 metres.
He used an Accuracy International L115A3 to shoot dead a Taliban gunner from 2,475 metres away in 2009.
The Globe and Mail also learned that the kill had been verified by video camera and the distance was not an esitmate.
"Hard data on this. It isn't an opinion. It isn't an approximation."
"There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was."
TOP FIVE LONGEST CONFIRMED SNIPER KILLS
1. Canadian sniper in Iraq (2017): 3,450 meters
Member of Canada’s Joint Task Force 2 using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle
2. British sniper Craig Harrison in Afghanistan (2009): 2,475 meters
Corporal of Horse in the Blues and Royals using an Accuracy International L115A3 Long Range Rifle
3. Canadian sniper Rob Furlong in Afghanistan (2002): 2,430 meters
4. Canadian sniper Arron Perry in Afghanistan (2002): 2,310 meters
5. US sniper Brian Kemer in Iraq (2004): 2,300