Jul 23, 2016
By Bob Sheppard
The Kurdish flag is going to remain on the uniforms of Canadian special forces troops in Iraq in addition to the Maple Leaf, even after a Middle East expert at the University of Waterloo said it sends a mixed message.
Bessma Momani says it’s akin to a foreign military force wearing a Quebec flag while participating in an exercise in Canada.
Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Johnathan Vance, says the Kurdish flag shows solidarity with a region that’s facing real threats, but that it doesn’t imply support for an independent Iraqi Kurdistan.
Vance decided the Kurdish flag would remain on Canadian uniforms after the completion of a review on the matter. It was ordered when some experts said the flag might be seen by both Kurds and Iraqis as Canada supporting an Independent Kurdistan.