CANADA DEPLOYS 60 MILITARY ADVISERS TO IRAQ
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has confirmed the deployment of Canadian soldiers to advise Iraqi security forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in the country. Responding to a call for clarification of government statements, which claim that ‘several dozen’ Special Forces personnel had been deployed this month, Harper said 69 soldiers have been sent. The deployment follows a US call for a broad international coalition ‘to degrade, and ultimately to destroy the threat posed by ISIL’, as reported by Agence France Presse. The Canadian Government had earlier made a commitment to deliver small-arms ammunition, donated by the Czech Republic, to Iraq. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said: “Canada’s facilitation of crucial airlifts is another demonstration of our support for Iraq at this critical time. The threat posed by ISIL requires a firm response from the international community and Canada is committed to playing its part.”
As part of Operation Impact, the Canadian Armed Forces has already delivered approximately 2,28,000 kg of military supplies to Iraq. In addition, Canada is also providing humanitarian assistance to civilians in Iraq. Meanwhile, an Iraqi Defence Ministry representative has claimed that the US military has identified between 300 and 350 ISIS targets in the country.