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The Truth About Terror Isn't That Complicated

Jillian Skeet | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Jillian Skeet

Like all westerners, I watched in horror at the terror that was unleashed across Paris. But my horror quickly turned to frustration when, immediately in the aftermath, western leaders took advantage of the situation to reinforce a false narrative, and to justify the very policies that have brought us to such a crisis. Our governments do not want us to understand that wittingly or unwittingly (the jury is still out on what role they have really played) they created the conditions for the rise of ISIS, and they did so through exactly the same disastrous policies that they now claim are the only way to destroy it.

Stop Worrying Which City's Tragedy Received More Attention

Rondi Adamson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Rondi Adamson

Talking more about one attack or reacting more passionately to it does not a narrow response make, nor does it mean you are a bigot who wants your country's doors closed to refugees. What I would like is for the hectoring posturers out there to understand that Paris, in many ways, represents the apex of Western culture.

Canada Should Not Wage War Against ISIS

Joe Killoran | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Joe Killoran

As is usually the case in the rush to war, this chorus of angry voices ignores the messy and uncomfortable reality of the situation. They propose a course of action that would put Canada in greater danger, strengthen its geopolitical foes, involve a far greater sacrifice than Canadians are willing to make, and fail to improve the situation in Syria or Iraq.

Canadians Must Not Allow Themselves To Be Divided By Hate

Sid Ryan | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

The coordinated killings that rocked Paris over the weekend are an unspeakable horror. But we must not allow the horrific nature of this atrocity to drag Canada back into the racism, Islamophobia and war-mongering that characterized our last government. The burden to hold firm on the change that we demanded in the October election is jointly shared between Canadians and our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

We Need A Responsible Timeline For Canada's Refugee Commitment

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

Unfortunately, there is a stubborn quality to the Prime Minister's current commitment to meet his election promise of admitting 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by Christmas. There is an easy solution to this current impasse between the facts on the ground today and an election promise made months ago. Set a reasonable timeline and follow the responsible policies of the American government.

Yes, You Really Can Help A Refugee

Reut Amit | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Reut Amit

It has been said that being chosen to come to Canada as one of the 25,000 Syrian refugees the Liberals have pledged to take in by the year's end is akin to winning the lottery. We are incredibly blessed to live in this extraordinary country, to put our children to bed with full bellies, to send them to school, to take them to a doctor when they are ill and to feel safe in our homes and our streets. And now we are also fortunate to be able to share some of those blessings with those in dire need.

Canadian Arrested In Iraq, Government Confirms

CBC | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics

The federal government confirms a Canadian is under arrest in Iraq after it was reported that a former member of the Canadian Forces who fought there with the Kurds against ISIS has been detained.

Canadian Airstrikes In Iraq Allegedly Linked To Civilian Deaths: CBC

CBC | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Politics

Brigadier-General Lise Bourgon, commander of Canada's air campaign in Iraq and Syria, told the fifth estate she had no knowledge of any Canadian link to those allegations.

Canadian Pilots Accused Of Killing Civilians

CP | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada

The Globe and Mail says Canadian fighter pilots have been accused of killing civilians in a January air strike in Iraq, though it's unclear who is ...

Canada Offers Millions To Nations Fighting ISIL

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada is prepared to give up to $8.3 million in additional funding to Iraq and neighbouring countries.

What If Trudeau Was Right About ISIS?

Lionel Fritz Adimi | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Lionel Fritz Adimi

Justin Trudeau has said that, if elected, he would end ISIS' combat mission. Further operations in the region will only benefit ISIS, as it has become a major source of attraction for foreign fighters from all over the world, coming to defeat the West and establishing the caliphate. The West is losing the war against ISIS so far.

Friendly-Fire Report Exposes Weakness Of Kurdish Forces

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The friendly-fire death of Sgt. Andrew Doiron may have been a tragic mistake, but it serves to illustrate the shaky state of Kurdish forces a...

Canada's Battle Against Extremism Should Involve More Aid Instead of Bombs

Toufic Adlouni | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Toufic Adlouni

Bombing only marginally degrades a group like the Un-Islamic State, who take their strategies from the Hezbollah and Hamas playbook: make equipment highly mobile, and positioning them deep underground or among residential areas. To put it bluntly, fighting ISIL is less effective than tackling the humanitarian crisis from which much extremism originates.

ISIL Mission Will Need More Than A Year, MPs Told

CP | Mike Blanchfield and Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The training of Kurdish peshmerga fighters has been a slow undertaking that could mean Canada's mission in Iraq and Syria will take more than...

Harper Seeks To Extend, Expand Iraq Mission

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper intends to ask Parliament next week to "extend and expand" Canada's participation in the war against the Islami...

5 Ways An Extended Mission Against ISIL Could Take A New Tack

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.16.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Defence Minister Jason Kenney says the cabinet is close to a decision on the future of the country's military mission against the Islamic Sta...

Doiron's Death To Test Public Appetite For Iraq Mission: Analyst

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A senior Canadian government official says he adamantly rejects a Kurdish account of a friendly-fire incident in Iraq that saw peshmerga figh...

Althia Raj

Canada Could Be Active In Iraq For A Long, Long Time | Althia Raj | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada has so far pledged $100 million to Iraq.

Kenney Reveals Cost Of Canada's War Against Islamic State

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's combat mission against the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant is expected to cost about $122 million in the current budget year.The co...

NDP Critic Accuses Harper Of 'Misleading' House On Iraq

CBC | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Politics

New Democrat defence critic Jack Harris has lodged a formal complaint against Prime Minister Stephen Harper for providing "misleading information...

The First Canadian Casualty in Iraq Is the Truth

Marc Garneau | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Marc Garneau

Last week we learned that our Special Forces had been on the front lines to provide targeting for airstrikes and had been doing this for some time. Then we learn that our Special Forces returned fire on two other occasions last week. What's at stake here is the truth.

Tumbling Oil Prices Draining ISIL War Chests

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Politics

LONDON - The shocking decline in oil prices is not only hitting federal and provincial treasuries in Canada and elsewhere, it's also sapping the war c...

Canada's Role In Iraq 'Evolved': General

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's top military commander is trying to clear up an apparent contradiction about special forces soldiers directing air strikes in Iraq.G...

Canadian Soldiers In Iraq Defended Themselves In Firefight

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canadian troops exchanged fire with Islamic State extremists during a recent battlefield planning exercise in Iraq, the military revealed on ...

Canada Confident No Civilians Killed In Airstrikes

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada is at war with the Islamic State and will do what is necessary to eliminate the threat it poses, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Th...