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International, Politics

Canada extends anti-ISIS mission, funds projects in Iraq and Syria

The Liberal government is extending the Canadian military mission to assist in the fight against the remnants of ISIS by another year and is pledging to commit $43.6 million to stabilization programs in Iraq and Syria, federal officials announced Tuesday. »

International, Politics

Canadian soldiers in Iraq are ‘safe and accounted for’ after missile attack

All Canadian soldiers stationed in northern Iraq are safe and accounted for following Wednesday’s missile attack on the base they share with U.S. troops near the regional capital of Erbil, Canadian officials said Thursday. Six rockets landed near Erbil International »

Health, International

COVID-19 forcing Canada to adjust military presence in Iraq

CBC News reports that Canada is scaling back its mission in Iraq, redeploying what sources in the military call a “significant number” of Canadian military trainers out of Iraq to Kuwait, in part because of COVID-19. Canada has had about »

International, Politics

PM Trudeau arrives in Kuwait to visit Canadian troops amid regional tensions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Kuwait on Monday to visit Canadian troops and meetings with the country’s leadership as the region remains on edge amid high tensions between the U.S. and Iran, as well as political instability in neighbouring »

International

Canadians at Iraqi base during Iran’s missile strike

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that Canadian military personnel were at one of the Iraqi military bases targeted by Iran Tuesday in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. He did not »

International, Politics

GG visits Canadian troops in Iraq and Kuwait

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette visited over the weekend with hundreds of members of the Canadian Armed Forces deployed in Kuwait and Iraq as part of Operation IMPACT, according to her office. Payette, who also holds the largely ceremonial position of »

International, Society

Canadian air crew head to northern Iraq

About 60 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, based in Edmonton, Alberta, departed for northern Iraq on Monday to relieve their comrades in arms from Quebec who’ve been in Iraqi Kurdistan for the last six »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Vancouver chef Vikram Vij cooks for Canadian Forces overseas

Canadian troops serving overseas often get visits by comedians, musicians and even hockey celebrities who come to entertain them and boost their morale. Over the years, they’ve included comedian Rick Mercer, singer Tom Cochrane and flamboyant hockey commentator Don Cherry. »