One of the ‘world’s deadliest snipers’ who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq has arrived in Ukraine from Canada in answer to President Volodymyr Zelensky’s plea for aid from foreign fighters.
A marksman known only as ‘Wali’ has left his wife and one-year-old baby son behind to join the war and fight for the side of Ukraine.
‘Wali’ had served in the 22nd Regiment in Iraq and Afghanistan. Traveling more than 4,800 miles to help defeat the Russian invaders, the 40-year-old is just one of over 20,000 volunteers from international armed forces said to have signed up to fight.
The nickname ‘Wali’ is an Arabic word, which has been translated into various titles, including “master”, “authority”, “custodian” and “protector”. The marksman has previous experience of combat from fighting in the Kandahar theatre during the Afghanistan War between 2009-2011.
The 40-year-old then decided, of his own volition, to travel to Iraq in 2015 to help fight the Islamic State’s forces.
It has been extensively reported that a member of the Royal Canadian 22nd Regiment used a McMillan Tac-50 rifle to fatally shoot an Islamic State terrorist in 2017 from a distance of more than two miles away – a ‘world record’ for the longest ever kill shot.
In a Zoom call attended by more than 280 US lawmakers on Saturday, President Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded for members of the international armed forces community to fly to Ukraine and aid them in the fight against Russia.
Only last week, ‘Wali’ was working as a computer programmer in Canada…now he is preparing to fight Russian troops from a remote location more than 4,800 miles away from his home and family.
He told CBC News:
‘A week ago i was still programming stuff. now i’m grabbing anti-tank missiles in a warehouse to kill people…that’s my reality now.’
Over 20,000 people from 52 different countries have already stepped up to volunteer in aiding Ukraine against their fight with the Russian Federation.