Feds deny Canadian snipers fighting ISIS in Iraq

The feds deny Canadian commandos are engaged in ground operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq.

A source close to the operations had told QMI Agency that members of the elite JTF2 (Joint Task Force 2) unit, armed with high-powered rifles, are involved in operations aimed at killing Islamist fighters far from the front lines.

The Canadians are officially in Iraq to accompany and train Kurdish and Iraqi snipers.

On Monday, the defence department said the troops are staying within that mandate and denied Canadians are “directly engaged in sniper activity against Islamic State.”

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “The Canadians are officially in Iraq to accompany and train Kurdish and Iraqi snipers.”

    Hopefully they are training by example.
    Canadian snipers are well-regarded the world over.

    I didn’t know this but one of your sniper units even received a Presidential Unit Citation. That’s rather a big deal, but the fact that distinction was awarded to a non-American unit is a very big deal.
    I didn’t even know they did that since WW-II.

    • Yes they have been recognized. I hope they are active.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        If someone went to all that trouble to send them there, then I’m sure they are having a very kinetic time!

    • Linda1000

      Are you talking about the Cdn. sniper team of five in Afghanistan – 2002 who were eventually awarded the Bronze Star medals? There is a not so happy story about that team who did outstanding work with the Americans and ended up under a witch hunt investigation by the Cdn. NIS top command over a non-existent chopped-off finger of some dead Taliban terrorist. No DNA match on the sniper’s knife they confiscated and the only thing that investigators ever found was a sign that said “f** k terrorism” on a corpse. The investigation was eventually dropped but military careers and lives were ruined for at least three of the sniper team. This is the background story you might find interesting.
      http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/we-were-abandoned/

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        That was nothing less than a which hunt.
        Why did the Canadian Military really want that whole unit driven out of the service?
        Has that ever been discovered?

        Also, who the hell was that “chaplain” that tried to have brought up on charges for calling him a rude name (that was never proved and the matter dropped)?
        That sounds like the actions of a vindictive and petty man, or more likely, someone that was in on the fix.

        • Linda1000

          I don’t know as very little info is ever made public about how the top brass run our military or how the organization really works internally. It sounds like the initial inquiry took so long (almost two years) to find nothing and by that time the damage was already long done to the sniper team. These guys were all young just beginning their military careers so it was their word against top senior command handling the case. Macleans magazine had to go digging for info on this story. Canada had a Liberal gov’t and Minister of Defense at the time (similar to moonbat Democrats) so no politician cared either. I think at the time Canada’s role in Afghanistan was being down played also as in we were there fighting with the Americans but not officially. It wasn’t until later years that other international EU military reluctantly joined the Americans fighting the Taliban over there.

    • Minicapt

      2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Battle of Kap’yong, 23 Apr 1951.
      http://www.kvacanada.com/stories_rskap'yong.htm

      Several members of Sniper Platoon, 3 PPCLI were awarded Bronze (V) Crosses for their efforts in 2002.

      Cheers

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Those would be Bronze STARS with “Valor” devices Minicapt. A big deal too, at least in our military.
        “These three units under UN Command were each awarded a United States Presidential Unit Citation.”
        The award reads in part: “. . . recognition of outstanding heroism and exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services . . .”
        “The PPCLI is the only Canadian unit to ever receive this award.”

        • Minicapt

          My error.

          Cheers

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            No biggie.

            We only have one award (for each service) that has the word “cross” in it, and you almost have to die to get it. I think that differs from other English speaking countries.

            The Air Force Cross is the equivalent to the Distinguished Service Cross (Army), the Navy Cross (Navy and Marine Corps), and the Coast Guard Cross (Coast Guard).

  • eMan14

    It would not bother me if they are there and killing the enemy. I just hope they return home safe and sound.

  • Jay Currie

    Any terrorist within a mile and a half is a Canadian target. Let’s hope they bag a few. A lot would be even better.

  • Minicapt

    Note the wording of the denial …

    Cheers