Chief of Defence staff General Jonathan Vance speaks during a news conference in Ottawa on Aug. 30, 2016. (Photo: Fred Chartrand/CP)Trump was critical of NATO during the presidential campaign, stressing that many members do not spend enough on their own defence. Vance says there is sometimes a tendency to look only at spending, but Canada is pulling its weight with NATO in many other ways. He says Canada's promise to lead a NATO force in Latvia is one example.
Soldiers have fired on ISIL forces pre-emptivelyVance also says his soldiers have fired on ISIL forces pre-emptively in Iraq. But he is adamant they have only fired in what he describes as a defensive mode, which includes stopping an attack against Kurdish allies or civilians before it starts.
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