Trudeau says record-breaking sniper shot should be celebrated

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the record-breaking kill shot by a Canadian sniper in Iraq should be celebrated, even as he insists that Canada's mission in the battle-racked country remains a non-combat one.

This prompted criticism from federal New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair, who says he was surprised to hear the prime minister say that the killing of another human being is something that should be celebrated.  Mulcair repeated his call for Trudeau to come clean with Canadians on the fact the military is engaged in combat in Iraq.

Trudeau says the sniper was defending Iraqi and Kurdish forces when he took the shot, which is allowed and expected as part of Canada's advise-and-assist mission in Iraq.

National Defence revealed last week that a member of Canada's elite Joint Task Force 2 special forces unit was supporting Iraqi forces when he shot an I-SIL fighter who was three-thousand-540 metres away.  That is more than a kilometre farther than the previous record, held by a British sniper who shot a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2009.