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Canadian special forces to stay in Iraq for a much longer period than expected

Canadian special forces to stay in Iraq for a much longer period than expected

Canadian special forces to stay in Iraq for a much longer period than expected. The 200 men elite team of Canadian forces is to stay in Iraq for a much longer period than expected. This is in line with a report released by Reuters and Iraqinews.com. The 200 men team is due to train Iraqi forces to prepare for more offensive operations against IS militants. According to the representative of the team of 200 contingent men, they shall remain in Iraq for another 2 years. Officials also confirmed this information on Thursday.
Canada also intends to provide a Hercules transport plane to its counterparts, the US led coalition forces to supplement their efforts in the fight against the IS militants. This information was communicated to reporters by Defense Minister and Foreign Minister Harijit Sajjan and Chrystia Freeland respectively. They both said that the extension was largely expected based on the urgent need for beefing up the number of highly trained troops. Experts believe that IS militants may become more difficult to deal with in the near future and thus the need for the deployment of well trained troops.
But, the move has been met with fierce criticism. It is feared that the troops may be involved in combat, an act that may break the promise which was made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to the promise, the soldiers were only supposed to play an advisory role as opposed to taking part in combat. The soldiers are however allowed to use their weapons in self-defense, according to the agreement between the Canadian prime minister and his Iraq counterpart.
In November last year, a number of military officials reported incidences involving the Canadian troops and IS militants. According to the reports, the Canadian troops had clashed with the IS militants on several occasions. Critics have based their arguments on such reports, even though no confirmation of the occurrence of such incidences has been given.
The Canadian team of troops forms part of the US led coalition which comprises troops from 65 states across the whole globe. This international coalition of troops has played a huge role in as far as diluting the resilience of the IS militants is concerned. Since the emergence of the IS militants group in 2014, the international team of troops has fought alongside the Iraqi government troops. It been involved in air fights and ground based operations and was influential in the recent operation which led to the end of the occupation of IS militants in Mosul. Thanks to its involvement, the country whose third fraction was under the influence of IS militants had recently witnessed the liberation of most of its cities and districts from Daesh.
Canada declared its continued stay in Iraq following the announcement of the recapture of the city of Mosul on Thursday night after a ten day onslaught led by Iraq forces and backed by the US led coalition forces. But, there are a few other parts of the country and Syria which are still under the control of the militants. The areas between Diyala and Salhuddin and others in the provinces of Anbar and Kirkuk are still under the control of the militants.

http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/canada-extends-iraq-mission-2-years-200-troops-involved/

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