Wearing a sweater and a baseball cap, “Wali” strolled through the arrivals gate of an airport in a country neighboring Ukraine – now the Iraqi veteran is already in the theater of operations, in the immediate vicinity of Russian troops. And that’s not good for these units: “Wali” is one of the best snipers in the world, he served with the 22nd Royal Canadian Regiment, was with his comrades in Afghanistan and Iraq.
His farthest deadly hit to date is also documented from Iraq: “Wali” neutralized a target 3540 meters away there. His weapon: a TAC-50 McMillan rifle, .50 caliber (12.7mm).
Now “Vali” is already in Ukraine – like many other foreign veterans, he has enlisted in the Ukrainian army for three years. In an interview with the CBC TV channel, the world-famous sniper said: “I want to help you. It’s as simple as that. These people are being bombed because they’d rather be European than Russian.”
“Wali” also helped Kurdish units in the fight against the Islamic State for months, so the sniper should also be relatively stress-resistant. With the Canadian Sniper, six more Canadian Army veterans arrived in Ukraine.
These military professionals are a problem for the Russian units – especially in an upcoming urban warfare, these units could inflict large losses on the Russian army. The invaders are said to have already lost more than 12,000 men who have been injured, killed or taken prisoner.
“Vali” could now become Vladimir Putin’s worst nightmare with his sniper rifle.