From left to right: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion at a news conference in Ottawa on Monday, where the government announced Canada's plan to end bombings against ISIL.
OTTAWA — Canada’s fighter jets will end their fight in Iraq and Syria
within two weeks, and be replaced by what the Liberal government is
calling an expanded mission focused on training local security forces
and helping to rebuild the shattered region.
Canadian bombs will stop falling by Feb. 22, but the complement of
military personnel in the region will climb to 830 — up from the current
650 — and will provide planning, targeting and intelligence expertise.
The size of Canada’s “train, advise and assist” mission will also
triple, including additional medical personnel and equipment including
small arms, ammunition and optics to assist in training Iraqi security
“We think we ought to avoid doing precisely what our enemies want us
to do: they want us to elevate them, to give in to fear, to indulge in
hatred,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference Monday...“The lethal enemy of barbarism isn’t hatred, it’s reason. And the people
terrorized by ISIL every day don’t need our vengeance, they need our