Thursday, August 5, 2021
ADVT 
National

Ottawa extends anti-ISIL mission another year

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 30 Mar, 2021 05:16 PM
  • Ottawa extends anti-ISIL mission another year

Canada is staying in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant for another year.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced this afternoon that Canada will keep up to 850 troops in Iraq and the surrounding region until next March.

The extension comes only one day before the mission, which began in October 2014, was set to end.

It also coincides with growing concerns about Iran's influence in Iraq, with Tehran backing numerous Shia militia groups.

Those groups, which have largely displaced ISIL as the main threat in Iraq, have stepped up attacks on Western forces in recent months.

The Liberal government previously set a cap of 850 troops for the mission several years ago, but Canada had been slowly withdrawing troops from the region over the last year.

Sajjan did not indicate whether the drawdown will actually be reversed, nor did he offer other details on the specific makeup of the mission, which includes special forces troops and military trainers.

MORE National ARTICLES

Pfizer to double vaccine deliveries in June

Pfizer to double vaccine deliveries in June

Pfizer is going to send five million more vaccine doses to Canada in June than it previously planned, and AstraZeneca will ship 4.4 million doses by the end of June.

Pfizer to double vaccine deliveries in June

U.S. breaking international law: Meng's lawyer

U.S. breaking international law: Meng's lawyer

Gib van Ert told a British Columbia Supreme Court judge today that if Canada extradites her to face the charges, it will be guilty of breaking international law as well.

U.S. breaking international law: Meng's lawyer

West Kelowna RCMP investigate stabbing

West Kelowna RCMP investigate stabbing

On March 28th, 2021 just before 2:00 a.m., West Kelowna RCMP and Kelowna RCMP were called to the Postill Lake Road area for a report of multiple victims of a stabbing at an outdoor gathering.

West Kelowna RCMP investigate stabbing

A look at the rare blood clot condition VIPIT

A look at the rare blood clot condition VIPIT

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says the vaccine should not be used by people younger than age of 55, while Health Canada has issued guidelines around what to look for if you suspect you have had an adverse reaction.

A look at the rare blood clot condition VIPIT

B.C. imposes new COVID-19 restrictions

B.C. imposes new COVID-19 restrictions

Dr. Bonnie Henry says starting at midnight until April 19, indoor dining and activity at fitness centres are paused, while the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort will be closed as cases spread in the community.

B.C. imposes new COVID-19 restrictions

Anger greets Liberal House leader's WE testimony

Anger greets Liberal House leader's WE testimony

The House of Commons ethics committee had been expecting to hear from one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's senior advisers, Rick Theis, after a majority of MPs voted in favour of such a request last week.

Anger greets Liberal House leader's WE testimony

PrevNext