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NATO to boost presence in Iraq but questions remain about Afghanistan pullout

NATO is planning a seven-fold increase in the numbers of troops deployed in Iraq to train the country’s security forces as the military alliance seeks to prevent resurgence of the Islamic State group, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday. “The »

International, Politics

Afghanistan and Iraq top agenda of NATO defence ministers’ meeting

The future of NATO’s deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq are at the top of a two-day meeting of NATO defence ministers, including Canada’s Harjit Sajjan, that began Wednesday via secure teleconference link. The virtual get together is also the first »

International, Politics

Canada takes command of another NATO maritime task force

Barely two years after Commodore Josée Kurtz made NATO maritime history by becoming the first woman to command a multinational naval task force, Canada is once again leading another allied naval task force. Commodore Bradley Peats of the Royal Canadian »

Health

Latvia downplays COVID cases in Canadian military cases at Baltic base

Latvia’s government is attemting to allay fears about the danger of a reported COVID-19 outbreak among members of the Canadian military stationed in the Baltic country. The Canadian military has released no figures about how many military personnel have been »

International, Politics

Champagne discusses foreign policy challenges with NATO and EU leaders

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne discussed a panoply of foreign policy and security challenges, ranging from the ongoing war in Nagorno-Karabakh to the situation in Belarus and the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, in meetings with top NATO »

International, Politics

‘Stay out’ of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Canada tells Turkey

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said today he told his Turkish counterpart that Ankara should “stay out” of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Speaking to reporters on Friday prior to embarking on a week-long European tour to discuss »

Health, International

Canadian military plane turns back over COVID concern

It’s now become known that a Canadian Armed Forces passenger jet with troops headed to the NATO mission in Latvia was tuned around mid-flight last week. The CC-150 Polaris was carrying some 70 soldiers and crew when it was discovered »

International, Politics

Canadian military begins slow resumption of overseas missions

As the coronavirus spread, the Canadian military pulled back most of its personnel from various overseas land, sea, and air exercises and missions abroad. Now that the virus situation is easing, a first slow renewal of those missions has begun »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Canadian NATO soldiers in Latvia targeted by disinformation campaign

The NATO battle group in Latvia currently led by Canadians, has apparently been the victim of a disinformation campaign over COVID-19. Last month some media outlets in the Baltic and Eastern Europe suggested that the military encampment located outside Riga »

International, Politics

Canadians support using force to protect allies, maintain world order: report

A recent survey of attitudes towards NATO among member states and some non-members of the alliance should give Western policy-makers a serious pause, says a Canadian defence and security expert. While NATO is generally seen in a positive light across »