A lot of rhetoric has been fired back and forth over the Canadian Armed Forces new mission in northern Iraq, their fourth combat deployment in 15 years following the 1999 Kosovo and 2011 Libyan air campaigns and the extended Afghan mission.
But if Canadians were looking for clarity, they didn’t get it during Parliament’s debate this week. Not from the Harper government’s scaremongering about the existential threat of the Islamic State, nor Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair’s warnings of an impending quagmire, or Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s glib phallic allusion.
What exactly are our warriors going to be doing over there and how much danger will they be in from the ruthless IS killers?
Public details are skimpy. The Department of National Defence’s web page for Operation Impact, as the mission has been dubbed, provides only press-release levels of information.Read More »from What will Canada's combat mission in Iraq be, and how dangerous is it?