Jun 29, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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Canadian troops will remain in Iraq for the next two years as well as expand their ”advise and assist” role by training local security forces.
(Adrian Wyld / Canadian Press)
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland say the extension to March 31, 2019 will allow the training of ”new potential partners within the Iraqi security forces.”
The Canadian military’s also adding a C-130J Hercules transport plane to the mission list, presumably to move personnel and equipment around the country.
Just who and what type of training will take place in this new phase of the mission is not clear.
Sajjan, who’s at a meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels, says ”We must continue working with the global coalition against Daesh (aka ISIS) and to address the security challenges which confront Iraq, Syria and the region.”
Meanwhile, NATO’s announced it wants to boost its presence in Afghanistan.
But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ruled out any chance of that.
“There are absolutely no plans to send any troops back to Afghanistan.  We have served there with distinction, with valour, over 10 years and made a significant impact,” adding that ”Canada is looking to be helpful in other places.”
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