An expert sniper can sneak up on an enemy naked as the day he was born. It's not particularly advised, but one top sharpshooter did exactly that just to prove a point, Marine snipers told Insider.

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(Reuters) - Iran-backed militias deployed snipers on Baghdad rooftops during Iraq's deadliest anti-government protests in years, two Iraqi security officials told Reuters.

The deployment of militia fighters, which has not been previously reported, underscores the chaotic nature of Iraqi politics amid mass protests that led to more than 100 deaths and 6,000 injuries during the week starting Oct. 1. Such militias have become a fixture here with Iran's rising influence. They sometimes operate in conjunction with Iraqi security forces but they retain their own command structures.

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U.S. military snipers have to be able to make the hard shots, the seemingly impossible shots. They have to be able to push themselves and their weapons.

Staff Sgt. Hunter Bernius, a veteran Marine Corps scout sniper who runs an advanced urban sniper training course, walked INSIDER through his most technically difficult shot — he fired a bullet into a target roughly 2.3 kilometers (1.4 miles) away with a .50 caliber sniper rifle.

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A competitor in the United States Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition communicates with his partner in another room while engaging targets on a live-fire range event on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, March 19, 2019. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Michelle Blesam)

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition brings around two-man snipers teams from across both the U.S. armed forces and foreign special operations forces for several days of fine marksmanship skills.

And yet again, Army snipers bested their fellow sharpshooters in the Navy, Coast Guard, and, uh, Marines.

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Marine snipers are considered among the most elite hunters of men in the U.S. military with Hollywood movies and countless books dedicated to them, and yet, for the past two years, they have been beaten in competition by the freakin' Coast Guard.

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