Harper makes surprise visit to Iraq to bolster anti-IS fight

Stephen Harper made a surprise visit Saturday to Iraq, the focus of a military campaign by Canada and allies to beat back Islamic State militants who still control about one-third of the country.

Mr. Harper arrived in Iraq about 7 a.m. Saturday morning, Baghdad time, travelling in a Canadian C-17 heavy lift military aircraft and protected by heavy security.

The prime minister’s trip has been under a media blackout, for security reasons, until after early Saturday meetings in the Iraqi capital.

His first order of business was meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, whose unity government is trying to overcome deep-seated divisions between Sunnis, Shias and Kurds as it fights to reclaim Iraqi territory from Islamic State forces.

  • David Murrell

    CBC Report November 6, 2015, 7 p.m.EST: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a surprise visit to Iraq, to bolster the morale and hopes of Islamic State militants, in their fight against Kurdish forces

    • Justin St.Denis


      • Minicapt

        I blame New Brunswick.


  • Raymond Hietapakka


  • Norman_In_New_York

    Harper would do well to put his favors on the Kurds instead of the feckless central government.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Doing one thing does not mean NOT doing another, Norman. Harper is an extremely intelligent man and does not play a one-note socialist samba like some other NAMEABLE leaders if you follow my drift, snowflake. 😉