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CANADIAN GOVERNMENT GIVEN MANDATE FOR AIR COMBAT AGAINST ISIL IN HOUSE OF COMMONS VOTE

Six Canadian CF-18 fighter jets will soon be launching airstrikes in Iraq as part of a multi-national effort to combat the Islamic State terror group. The motion, approved by the Conservatives in the House of Commons last night but rejected … read more

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HARPER’S CABINET TO CONSIDER JET FIGHTERS AND SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT IN WAR AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE

Prime Minister Harper’s cabinet ministers are poised to consider the deployment of CF-18 jet fighters and CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft in the ever-expanding air war against Islamic State terrorists. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird repeated a pledge by the Prime Minister in … read more

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US-LED COALITION TARGETS ISIL IN SYRIA

The United States has bombed Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time. US President Barack Obama has threatened to expand its airstrikes against ISIL from Iraq into Syria. And he’s doing so as part of a coalition with … read more

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ANTIQUITIES CRISIS UNFOLDING IN REGION CONTROLLED BY ISLAMIC STATE

The Islamic State extremists are not only creating a humanitarian and political crisis in Syria and Iraq. They are also creating a crisis for the region’s antiquities. Temples, palaces, and burial sites stretching back five thousand years from a variety … read more

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AMERICAN JOURNALIST THOUGHT TO BE MAN EXECUTED BY ISIS IN GRISLY VIDEO

The family of American journalist James Foley is acknowledging that he has died.  And two U.S. experts say they believe Foley was the man executed by Islamic State extremists as shown in a grisly video released yesterday.  The extremists called the move … read more

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WORLD’S TOP DIPLOMATS INCLUDING AMERICA’S JOHN KERRY AND RUSSIA’S SERGEI LAVROV TO MEET IN PARIS OVER UKRAINE

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet face to face with Russia’s foreign minister in Paris today when the world’s top diplomats get together at 11am E-T. It would be the first conversation between the two since pro-Russian forces took … read more

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NO BREAKTHROUGH IN SYRIAN PEACE TALKS

Representatives of Syria’s government and the Western-backed opposition were in the same room twice today in Geneva. They didn’t speak directly, instead making their points through a UN diplomat. He’s trying to find common ground before the two sides start … read more

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THE CANADIAN ANGLE TO THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the group that is overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. The Norwegian Nobel Committee says it’s honouring the Netherlands-based global watchdog, The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, for … read more

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CANADIAN AUTHOR SCOTT ANDERSON EXPLORES HISTORY OF MODERN MIDDLE EAST

Canadian zoomer author Scott Anderson has a new book that chronicles the Arab revolt of the First World War and the political manoeuvering to establish the modern middle east. Anderson’s book is called Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, … read more

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WEST SAYS UN REPORT CONFIRMS SARIN USE BY ASSAD REGIME

Western leaders say there is no doubt that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people last month. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has presented a report by chemical … read more

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