When the Conservative government announced that it would lend a RCAF C-17 cargo jet to the battle against Islamic extremists in Mali, the immediate concern was that “mission creep” would end up dragging our military into the fight with both feet.
Those fears were compounded when that aircraft’s mission was extended. It continues to provide the French military with non-combat support, such as transporting equipment. What will follow, critics asked? Some fear the answer will be soldiers.
Boots on the ground.
There are still no Canadian soldiers engaged in battle, but the Globe and Mail reports that a team of special forces soldiers has been deployed in the Malian capital of Bamako, where Canada has diplomats and business interests.
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This isn’t an about-face for the government, which still won’t directly confirm the existence of the special forces troops. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he would support allies butRead More »from Do Canadian special forces soldiers in Mali mean we are going to war?