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If the latest move by the US places our men and women in increased peril we should bring them back home .

Where Canadian military and police missions are in the Middle East right now

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Several hundred Canadians are serving in the region

The Canadian Press · Posted: Jan 03, 2020 1:38 PM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago
 
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Canadian special forces man an observation bunker in northern Iraq on Monday, February 20, 2017. (Ryan Remiorz/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
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Experts are warning that Iran might retaliate violently after the United States killed its military leader Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. Here's a list of Canadian deployments in the Middle East, according to the Department of National Defence:

1. Operation Impact

Up to 850 people serve on Operation Impact. Deployed to multiple locations in Iraq, Canadian military members are training and advising Iraqi security forces to improve their ability to fight the remnants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. On November 26, 2019, Canadian Maj.-Gen. Jennie Carignan officially assumed command of the NATO mission in Iraq from Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin.

 

Besides training, Operation Impact members work on air transportation and intelligence.

2. Operation Calumet

55 people serve on Operation Calumet. Based in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, this is a long-term mission to keep peace between Egypt and Israel. Canada provides support to observer helicopters and airplanes and has a handful of senior military police assigned to keep order and discipline among the multinational force.

3. Operation Foundation

About 16 members serve on Operation Foundation. Staff officers are assigned to several headquarters overseeing military missions in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, including U.S. forces in Qatar, Bahrain and Jordan.

4. Operation Artemis

Seven members serve on Operation Artemis. It's part of a naval effort currently led by Australia to patrol waters off the Middle East, interdicting smugglers, pirates and militants targeting shipping. Canada's contribution to Operation Artemis ebbs and flows and sometimes includes multiple navy ships and air components; as of last November, it consisted of seven people based on land in Bahrain.

5. Operation Jade

Four officers serve on Operation Jade — military observers assigned to a UN mission with groups in Lebanon and the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria. This was the United Nations' first peacekeeping mission, beginning in 1948.

6. Police officers

According to the RCMP, three Canadian police officers are also serving in Iraq, training Iraqi officers and helping build leadership capacity.

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Canada calls for ‘restraint’ and ‘de-escalation’ after U.S. killing of top Iranian general

By Charlie Pinkerton. Published on Jan 3, 2020 1:06pm
Minister of International Trade Francois-Philippe Champagne talks with media in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. iPolitics/Matthew UsherwoodForeign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne talks with media in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood

In the first official word from the Canadian government on the U.S. airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, Canada’s foreign affairs minister urged for a de-escalation from all countries that are part of the fast-accelerating conflict.

“We call on all sides to exercise restraint and pursue de-escalation,” Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said in a statement that was sent to reporters on Friday.

Soleimani, who has been described in various media reports as Iran’s second most powerful man behind its supreme leader, was killed by a drone strike near the Baghdad airport early Friday morning. The attack also killed multiple other Iranian officials. The White House said in a statement shortly after that the assassination was carried out at the direction of President Donald Trump as a preventative measure.

“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the White House statement said.

READ MORE: Cyber threats top of mind for defence minister heading into 2020

Canada’s government considers the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, the elite military unit that Soleimani commanded, as a terrorist organization.

“Canada has long been concerned by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, led by Soleimani, whose aggressive actions have had a destabilizing effect in the region and beyond,” the statement attributed to Champagne said.

Soleimani’s assassination comes after back-and-forth aggressions between U.S. forces and pro-Iranian forces have unfolded in Iraq in recent days.

The U.S. blamed an Iranian-supported militia for a rocket attack that killed an American contractor and wounded several U.S. military members and Iraqi personnel at an Iraqi base on Dec. 27. More than 20 members of Iranian-backed militias were killed at bases in subsequent strikes by American forces just days later. The U.S. Embassy in Iraq was then attacked on New Year’s Eve by pro-Iranian forces.

Tensions have mounted between Iran and the U.S. since Trump removed the U.S. from a nuclear deal agreed to in 2015 between the countries and other world powers that was to ensure that Iran would not develop nuclear weapons. Since removing itself from the agreement, the U.S. has escalated sanctions it’s imposed against Iran.

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned of “harsh retaliation” for Soleimani’s killing on Friday. Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called the assassination “an act of international terrorism.”

Champagne also said in his statement that Canada was in touch with international partners. Champagne’s office did not respond to questions asking which countries exactly Canada was in touch with by the time this article was published.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not publicly commented on Soleimani’s killing and according to his daily itinerary is still in Costa Rica, where he’s been vacationing since Dec. 20.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said in a tweet that Trudeau needs to “act quickly” to de-escalate the mounting conflict and “not be drawn into the path that President Trump is taking.” Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has yet to comment on the situation.

Trudeau’s office did not say whether he would return to Canada in the fallout of the assassination.

There are up to 250 members of the Canadian Armed Forces deployed to Iraq to help with a NATO training mission in the country. iPolitics asked Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s office how many members of Canada’s military are in the country at this exact moment but did not receive an answer at the time this article was published.

Members of Canada’s military make up two training teams located near Baghdad, including one that specializes in bomb disposal. Canadian Armed Forces members also fly three helicopters in the country and move passengers and equipment.

Canada’s purpose in Iraq is to eventually withdraw its soldiers once they’ve helped teach Iraqi troops how to adequately train their own forces, a government site says.

“The safety and well-being of Canadians in Iraq and the region, including our troops and diplomats, is our paramount concern,” Champagne’s statement said.

READ MORE: No timeline set for development of promised defence procurement agency

Sajjan’s office had also not responded to questions about whether the government will reassess the deployment of Canadian soldiers in Iraq.

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The US has just posted this:

Location:  Iraq

 

Event:  Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy urges American citizens to heed the January 2020 Travel Advisory and depart Iraq immediately.  U.S. citizens should depart via airline while possible, and failing that, to other countries via land.  Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all public consular operations are suspended until further notice.  U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy.  The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil is open for visa and American Citizen Services appointments, including passport issuance.  U.S. citizens in Iraq or those concerned about family in Iraq should contact the Department of State at +1-202-501-4444 or toll-free in the U.S. at 1-888-407-4747.

 

Actions to Take:  

· Do not travel to Iraq

· Avoid the U.S. Embassy

· Monitor local and international media for updates          

 

By U.S. Embassy in Baghdad | 3 January, 2020 | Topics: Alert, Events, News, Notification

And Canada posted this not quite sure alert.

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Iraq - AVOID ALL TRAVEL

Avoid all travel to Iraq due to a continued volatile, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous security situation. If you are in Iraq, consider departing by commercial means if it is safe to do so.ision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

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Canada updates Middle East travel advisories due to 'increased threat of attacks'

Published Saturday, January 4, 2020 2:59PM EST
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Mourners carry the coffin of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani during his funeral in Karbala, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" for the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed Tehran's top general and the architect of its interventions across the Middle East, as tensions soared in the wake of the targeted killing. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

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TORONTO -- The Canadian government has updated a raft of travel advisories for countries in the Middle East “due to an increased threat of attacks.”

Tensions have escalated across the region in recent days following a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, which killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani early Friday.

The Canadian government’s travel advisory service tweeted on Saturday that it had “updated security advice for multiple destinations in the region due to an increased threat of attacks.”

“The security situation could worsen with little warning. Exercise caution,” the notice read.

Canadian travellers were warned to avoid all travel to Iraq on Friday. This was extended to Syria and Afghanistan on Saturday.

According to government guidelines, there is an extreme risk to personal safety in these countries and people already there should consider leaving if it is safe to do so.

Countries where visitors are advised to “exercise a high degree of caution” were updated to include the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait.

This means there are “identifiable safety and security concerns or the safety and security situation could change with little notice,” according to the government of Canada. It recommends monitoring local media and following the instructions of local authorities.

The same warning is in place with added regional advisories to avoid all travel or non-essential travel in more dangerous parts of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

Travellers to Qatar are recommended to take normal security precautions, meaning there are no significant safety and security concerns. 

 
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“ A Parody from 12 years ago. Today it’s every day news.

This might have been intended to be a parody, but listen to most of the mainstream media today, and this is how they speak. They ignore the real and present threat that is facing the Western World: Radical Islamic terror. Turn on the news. Listen to the newscasters. They literally say things similar to “What do these men have in common?” The media does not acknowledge the fact that terrorism is carried out mostly by Muslims. They act as if they have no idea what the link is between all the terrorism in the world. 

We Must Name the Enemy 

If we do not name the enemy, how can we fight it? How can we win? How will we protect our values if we are afraid to call out those who try to destroy those values? Enough with the political correctness. This is life and death we are dealing with – literally. The world cannot make such a serious situation into something that is just about “offending” people or not. Ignoring the truth will not make it disappear. In fact, it will only make things worse” 

 


 

 

 

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Thank you Justin for allowing this “diversity” on our “safe” Canadian streets  ??
 

“ Hezbollah was founded in the early 1980s as part of an Iranian effort to aggregate a variety of militant Lebanese Shia groups into a unified organization. Hezbollah acts as a proxy for Iran in the ongoing Iran–Israel proxy conflict“

 

Hezbollah flag being waved at the pro Iranian terrorist demonstration in Toronto.

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/TPostMillennial/status/1213646952337985542

 

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Iraqi MPs back plan to expel US troops

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Iraqi MPs have passed a resolution calling for foreign troops to leave the country after the US killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike at Baghdad airport last week.

Parliament in Baghdad also called for a ban on foreign forces using Iraqi land, airspace or water for any reason.

The US has some 5,000 military personnel in Iraq, mainly as advisers.

Thousands of Iraqis attended a funeral procession for Qasem Soleimani before his body was flown to Iran.

The non-binding resolution was passed on Sunday after Iraq's caretaker Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, called for an end to the foreign military presence in a speech to MPs.

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1 hour ago, Marshall said:

Iraqi MPs back plan to expel US troops

This is actually great news imo. It’s high time for that part of the world to finally implode or succeed under it’s own hand, come hell or high water. With the US’s capability to produce enough of its own oil, same for Canada..there is no sane reason be there anymore.
 

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Plans for Canadians unclear after Iraqi lawmakers call for expulsion of foreign troops

BY TERRY PEDWELL, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Posted Jan 5, 2020 1:28 pm MST

 

Last Updated Jan 5, 2020 at 4:50 pm MST

 
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OTTAWA — Canada says it is closely monitoring developments after Iraq’s parliament called for the expulsion of foreign troops from the country.

But a spokesman for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan would not say whether contingency plans are in the works for getting Canadian military personnel out of Iraq should the situation there deteriorate further.

Iraqi lawmakers approved a resolution Sunday asking the Iraqi government to end an agreement under which American and allied forces have been in the country for more than four years to help fight the Islamic State group, also known as Daesh.

The bill is nonbinding and subject to approval by the Iraqi government but has the backing of the outgoing prime minister.

READ MORE: Germany seeks early meeting of EU diplomats over Mideast

The Canadian-led NATO training mission in Iraq has been temporarily suspended in the wake of the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

The training mission, currently led by Maj. Gen. Jennie Carignan, has been under Canadian command since it was launched in October 2018 at the request of the Iraqi government.

A U.S. airstrike Friday killed Soleimani and a number of top Iraqi officials at the Baghdad airport. Soleimani was the architect of Iran’s proxy wars across the Mideast and was blamed for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in roadside bombings and other attacks.

“We continue to monitor and evaluate the situation, and remain in close co-ordination with our international partners,” Sajjan’s press secretary Todd Lane said in an email Sunday.

“Our goal remains a united and stable Iraq, and preventing the re-emergence of Daesh.”

READ MORE: Trump returns to Washington to face a pair of challenges

When asked, Lane would not divulge whether Canada had plans to remove its soldiers from Iraq.

“We won’t have a further comment at this point,” he said.

Canada has 250 military members working with the NATO training mission as well as dozens of special forces troops who have been working in the northern part of the country with Iraqi security forces.

Tensions in the Middle East have escalated since the air strike with both U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian leaders trading threats of retaliation.

Those tensions are also now being felt in Canada with a group representing Islamic Americans reporting that dozens of Iranians and Iranian-Americans were detained at length and questioned at the Peace Arch border crossing linking British Columbia to Washington State.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said many more were reportedly refused entry to the United States, including many with U.S. citizenship who were returning to their homes in the United States from an Iranian pop concert that took place on Saturday in Vancouver.

“Those detained reported that their passports were confiscated and they were questioned about their political views and allegiances,” the council said in a statement posted online.

Canada’s Border Security Minister Bill Blair could not be reached for comment.

 

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10 hours ago, Jaydee said:

two NDP MPPs thought it best to go to a solidarity rally where the terrorist was mourned and honoured.”

A historic moment IMO, here we have Canadian Politicians standing under a terrorist flag mourning the death of a notorious terrorist and purveyor of death..... I didn't expect to see such a thing in my lifetime.

This sort of fanatical religious zeal is why discussion and debate is useless..... you vote em out or accept the consequences of keeping them. The same people (in the picture) will have kittens if you signal OK to your wife while grocery shopping though because they see it as a symbol of "hate"; we now have exactly what we deserve.

Enjoy the show.

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11 hours ago, Marshall said:

Crap.  

Let us not forget in this discussion that we wouldn't be in this position if it was not for the United Stated committing two coups against the Iranian government on behalf of Great Britain in order to protect oil profits.

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So the leader of a country carries out an unsanctioned assasination on foreign soil in a country with which they are not at war adn they are not a terrorist.  Thats literally the definition.

I wonder who will cry when someone claims the $80,000,000 when they take him out?

 

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Canada relocating some troops from Iraq to Kuwait

OTTAWA -- The Canadian military is temporarily relocating some soldiers from Iraq to Kuwait due to security concerns, chief of the defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said Tuesday.

The move, which Vance announced in an open letter to the families of Canadian soldiers in Iraq that was posted to Twitter, follows the lead of Germany and several other allies who have withdrawn some of their troops.

"Over the coming days, and as a result of Coalition and NATO planning, some of our people will be moved temporarily from Iraq to Kuwait," Vance wrote. "Simply put, we are doing this to ensure their safety and security."

 

Canada has about 500 soldiers in Iraq, most of whom are there to help train local forces to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, including about 200 with a NATO mission in the south of the country and upwards of 200 special-forces soldiers in the north.

Vance did not specify how many Canadian troops were being pulled out of Iraq.

"Naturally, the work we are doing on these missions, and the future of operations in Iraq, remain conditional on maintaining a sufficiently secure and productive operational environment," he said.

Western troops in Iraq have been on high alert since the killing of an Iranian general by a U.S. drone at the Baghdad airport on Friday night.

The death of Iranian Maj.-Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was seen as the second-most powerful person in Iran, has raised fears of Iranian reprisals. Iraq's parliament and outgoing prime minister have called for the forced withdrawal of all western troops from the country.

The Canadian mission has also been caught in the middle of confusion surrounding U.S. intentions in Iraq.

A leaked letter from the U.S. general commanding the anti-ISIL coalition to Iraq's defence ministry on Monday suggested the coalition, to which Canada belongs, was preparing to pack up and withdraw from the country.

But U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the Americans' top general, Gen. Mark Milley, insisted no decision had been made.

Canada is not the first country to relocate troops from Iraq this week. Germany, Croatia and Romania have also reportedly started moving some or all of their forces out of the country.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 7, 2020

 

A letter from General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, to Canadians about our deployed personnel in the Middle East. #OpIMPACT

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