Canada Will Beef Up Their training Mission in Iraq
With the recent attacks on Paris by ISIS the world is reeling with grief and anger at the brutality that was unleashed against innocent civilians. With everything that has been happening world leaders are adamant that they will be taking a stance against ISIS and putting an end to their reign of terror.
Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who has only been in office for two weeks has a big task ahead of him. He needs to show world leaders that Canada is standing in solidarity against ISIS and supporting the fight against terror.
Trudeau has said that Canada will deploy more troops to help train local fighters that are battling Islamic State extremists. Trudeau confirmed this on Tuesday and said that he had been hinting at this for a few days already.
Canada will beef up their training mission and this will mark the core of Canada’s contribution to the coalition fight against the extremists in Iraq and Syria. The prime minister has also said that the battle against terrorists “will not be a short engagement”.
The Liberal government will make good of its election pledge to end the year-long combat mission of CF-18 fighter jets bombing targets in Iraq and Syria. Canada will announce that it will be committing more soldiers to the training role. This will enable the local militia to take the fight to the extremists and reclaim the lost territory in Iraq to ISIS.
Trudeau was talking to reporters on board a military Airbus aircraft en route to the Philippines for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit. Here Trudeau gave a rough outline of what Canada’s mission will look like and that it will involve more than the 69 Canadian troops that are already stationed on the ground in Northern Iraq. This operation was launched more than a year ago by the Conservative government.
“We committed throughout the campaign and I’ve committed repeatedly to my allies that we were going to do more on the training front and obviously that means more than just 69 trainers,” Trudeau said.
The question that is being asked now is how many more troops? These are the questions that are being looked at and directed at Canada’s new prime minister.
“We’re looking at a number of options. We’re looking at how we can best be helpful,” Trudeau told journalists.
“Canada has extraordinary Canadian Forces with a wide range of abilities . . . but training is something we do very, very well,” he said.
Trudeau has been sensitive to any perception that by withdrawing its fighter jets, Canada would be walking away from the coalition fight against ISIS. That concern was highlighted this week as world leaders gathered at the G20 summit and showed a collective resolve to step up their terror fight in the wake of Friday’s deadly Paris attacks.
Trudeau said that Canada is committed to do “more than its part” in the battle and pledged that it would be a “meaningful” role.
“The bottom line is how can Canada best be a strong and positive contributor to the . . . continuing mission against ISIL,” he said.
“There’s no question that this is not going to be a short engagement,” Trudeau said, adding that no one solution alone — diplomatic or military — will resolve the Islamic State crisis.
“It’s a lot of people working together in different ways to create stability and security in an area that has been unstable and insecure for a very long time,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau is expected to talk about the shape of Canada’s new mission during a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday at the APEC summit that is being held in Manila.