Canada Iraq

'We've Gone From Mission Creep To Mission Leap'

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's bombing campaign against Islamist insurgents could eventually lead to an Afghan-style mission to train the Iraqi army, but it's an o...

Canada's War Against ISIS: a Little Less Talk, a Little More Conversation

Jordan Benadiba | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Jordan Benadiba

This conflict is not Afghanistan post 9/11 nor is it Iraq circa 2004. The fight against ISIS is far more complex, multifaceted and layered than any in which Canada has been involved in recent years. The Canadian government has suggested that the best that can be done is to act now and reevaluate in six months, figure out our goals and objectives as we go. And while the government's arguments against inaction appeal to our moral imperatives doing so basically asks Canadians to support military action with no clear or realistic intentions and with little acknowledgement that this conflict is likely to last longer than six months.

Canadian Advance Military Team To Head To Kuwait

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says an advance military team will leave Trenton, Ont., for Kuwait next week as Canada gears up to join the fi...

Canada Should Follow Sweden's Lead on the Syrian Refugee Issue

Dana Wagner | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Outside the neighbourhood, there is one country leading the response. It is not Canada, despite statements from our ministers that the Canadian refugee response constitutes "more than any of our allies have done." This is deliberately misleading and a slight to what our allies are actually doing. Greater leadership can be found in a country with a quarter of Canada's population.

Althia Raj

Garneau Sows Confusion Ahead Of Iraq Combat Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The man tasked with selling the Liberals' position on the upcoming combat mission in Iraq found himself on the defensive Tuesday. Foreign a...

Canada Sends Advance Team To Middle East

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Canada has deployed a small advance team to the Middle East to finalize basing and logistics with its allies for airstrikes against the ext...

It's the Right Time for Canada to Get Involved in Iraq

Paul Hong | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Paul Hong

On Friday, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada would join allies, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and others in launching air strikes against ISIL in Iraq. The announcement on Friday builds on the growing engagement that Canada has recently taken part in with respect to Iraq on a variety of fronts. Against ISIL and its genocidal agenda in Iraq, it's timely that Canada has stepped up.

Would Canada Extend Its Mission In Iraq? Defence Minister Won't Say

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Defence Minister Rob Nicholson is refusing to say whether Canada will bow out of its planned combat role in Iraq after six months or seek an ...

As Canada Debates Mideast Mission, U.S. Already Weighing Civilian Aftereffects

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - As Canada's Parliament prepares to vote this week on expanding military involvement in the Middle East, the U.S. political system has alr...

Michael Bolen

Harper Says Canada Will Bomb ISIS In Syria If Murderous Despot Asks Him To

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Bolen | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Politics

Stephen Harper said Friday that Canada will bomb ISIS in Syria if it receives permission from the government of Bashar al-Assad, the same government t...

Soldiers, Don't Trust Canada to Bring You Home From Iraq Alive

Bruce Moncur | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

The Canadian Forces situation is dire. Our compensation system woefully decrepit. Our government spends 1 per cent of the GDP on defense on par with Lithuania and Latvia. The equipment that soldiers use is in such a poor state that the probability of sustaining casualties is much higher. Casualties that veterans affairs can't possibly handle given the current state the department is in. The truth of the matter is Canada is about as ready for another war as the Hapsburgs were in 1914. I implore upon those deploying to Iraq to take care. I understand how much you want to deploy. You must understand that the current government support to you are hollow promises and even though you have given a blank cheque for this country the feeling is far from mutual if you return home missing pieces.

Quebec Premier Backs Iraq Combat Mission

CP | Martin Ouellet, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he approves of a military combat mission by Canada in the Middle East.Couillard, who is the father of ...

Harper To Make Big Announcement Related To ISIS Fight

CBC | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Politics

The federal government will announce on Friday the combat role Canada will play in the fight against ISIS, a day before the current 30-day mission en...

Althia Raj

'Do We Want To See Another 9/11?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — As Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares to announce Canada’s combat mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Fr...

Canada Has 26 Advisers In Iraq, Not 69: Baird To NDP

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - National Defence slashed its annual order of ammunition this year to save money — a revelation that raised fresh questions Wednesday about ...

'We're Going To Need More At This Point To Defeat ISIL'

CBC | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada Politics

The world is going to have to give more and do more to fight ISIS, according to the U.S. ambassador to Canada. In an interview with CBC Radio's...

Harper Mum On Whether Canada Offered U.S. Help In Iraq

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Politics

UNITED NATIONS, - The Conservative government is promising that the House of Commons would vote on a combat mission in northern Iraq as questions swir...

WATCH: Tory MP Ignores Questions About Iraq. Talks About Israel Instead

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Politics

Why provide details about Canada's military mission in Iraq when you can just accuse your questioner of failing to support Israel? Question Period ...

Don't Give ISIS the Reaction it Wants

Blake Bromley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

We must move beyond being revolted by the beheadings because that is the singular reaction ISIS seeks from those who do not respond by becoming recruits. Young radicals leaving Canada are individuals. We must see them as individuals and not just caricatures.

Connecting the Dots: Hamas, ISIS, and the Assault on Human Rights in the Middle East

Sheila Copps | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Sheila Copps

Zahar and Baghdadi, Hamas and ISIS share the same final goal: democracy must give way to theocracy, plural religions to a single Islamist belief, freedom to submission and social equality to the dictates of Sharia rule. Standing against Hamas and ISIS terrorism transcends politics and party lines. The rights and freedoms that comprise the very heart of our way of life are under direct attack in the Middle East from these and other groups seeking to build a radical, theocratic mega-state across the region, and, if they can achieve it, even beyond.

Mulcair Calls Out PM's Iraq Plan And Its 'Artistic Lack Of Clarity'

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - New Democrats are refusing to back Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to send special forces commandos into northern Iraq.NDP Leader To...

Are the Deaths of Two Westerners Worth More Than Thousands of Syrians?

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The Western interest in dismantling the Syrian regime was motivated by two factors. First, the Syrian regime had proven to be a sustained source of discomfort for Israel. Containing Syria meant additional operational space for Israel. The second factor had to do with the Arab regimes' interest in containing Iran's rising influence in the region.

Political Traction: Harper Gets an A+ in International Conflicts

Jaime Watt | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Jaime Watt

While it might sound bizarre to say so, the crises, both in Iraq and Ukraine, are playing to the strengths of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Within all of the uncertainty, Canadians have been largely satisfied with Prime Minister Harper's response.

Platitudes From Politicians Will Not Fix World Problems

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

For decades we have heard how we are becoming a global family. There is little trace of that now, as division and selfish pursuit better characterize what is happening to our fragile globe. We require new leaders who can put the health of the globe above their own parochial and partisan concerns.

Liberals Want Hearings On Canadian Islamic Radicals

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - MPs should urgently study the issue of Islamic radicals returning to Canada from foreign battlefields, says the Liberal public safety critic....