Canada to extend anti-ISIS mission by 2 years

Canadian troops will stay in Iraq for the next two years and expand their “advise and assist” role by training other local security forces, the Liberal government announced Thursday.

To this point, the roughly 200 Canadian special forces trainers in Iraq have concentrated their attention on teaching Kurdish peshmerga fighters the finer points of combat.

But Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement the extension to March 31, 2019 will allow the training of “new potential partners within the Iraqi security forces.”

  • Thinking From First Principles

    So they will be teaching the correct pronouns for all 17+ of the Afghani genders?

    • Thinking From First Principles

      Oops. Typed too quickly. Iraqi and Syrian genders.

    • I would love to attend that class.

  • ontario john

    The Defence Minister stated, that he has personally killed most of the ISIS fighters with his bare hands, so there won’t be much for them to do.

  • tom_billesley

    Extending assistance to arab groups? Expect green-on-blue murders.

  • To what end? There are few Yazidis and Christians to defend (if at all). Shooting ISIS thugs at any distance is verboten.

    • BillyHW

      It’s non-combat combat.

    • A Hamilton Guy

      Yes; Dimwit Mulcair said we are a bunch of meanies who don’t play fair. A word to the muzzies. That was a marvelously lucky shot combined with skill, but there are a hell of a lot who could drop you at 400-500 yds. witha good sports rifle

      • Whoever it was should be lauded for his skill and courage.

        But, oh no …

  • simus1

    Sajjan of Arfghastlystan and Freeland of Arabia should both be fully aware by now that the word “potential” is not a synonym for the word “hopeless”.

    • Nothing positive is ever accomplished in an Islamic state.

    • Will Quest

      If Defence Minister Harjit { Hardsh*t } Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia { cry-baby} Freeland had a luv child they would never run out of material for diapers…..

    • Maggat

      Are you sure that is not “Barfganistan”?

  • WalterBannon

    Next time Harjit Sajjan and Chrystia Freeland visits the troops they should give them a demonstration of their sniper skills, nudge nudge, wink wink..

  • BillyHW

    I’m so old I remember when Liberals were against the Iraq war.

  • Maggat

    Nice to see our Minister of Defense with Ike. No doubt giving advice on the D Day landings.

    • favill

      Don’t you know…he was the architect for the D-Day landings. Come on, man!

      • Maggat