As NATO seeks to prove relevance, Canada offers to lead Iraq mission

Canada To Lead NATO Training Mission In Iraq

Some of those activities will continue, said Gen. Jonathan Vance, Canada's chief of the defence staff - including the deployment of Canadian special forces to Mosul to help Iraqi forces ferret out existing pockets of ISIL resistance as thousands of people displaced by years of fighting return to the city.

Questioned repeatedly about Trump's attacks on European allies and Canada, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged the trans-Atlantic differences but refused to say whether the United States leader's attacks are damaging the alliance.

The country's future contribution will include CF-18 fighter jets of the Royal Canadian Air Force as well as have a cybersecurity as well, in line with Canada's defence policy, Trudeau said.

I want to be clear: "we are absolutely committed to the protection of our allies and global peace and security", Trudeau said at a news conference following his talks with Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis. He called the extended mission of Canadian troops in Latvia "a great present" that will contribute significantly to national security.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is en route to Latvia today to visit Canadian troops and highlight Canada's military commitments to NATO just ahead of the treaty organization summit later this week in Brussels. Russian Federation has since been supporting them financially and militarily.

That will serve as the backdrop for the news that Canada is renewing the mission, the current three-year mandate for which is now run out on March 31, 2019, sources told The Canadian Press, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details not yet made public.

Canada will extend its military influence in Latvia for 4 further years.

The new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission would proceed only with the explicit endorsement and cooperation from Baghdad, as the country continues to deal with the fallout from parliamentary elections in May, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in June, as deliberations over the new alliance mission in Iraq were ongoing. "Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?'" The current force battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria consists of about 9,000 troops, some 5,000 of who are American. All NATO allies agreed in 2014 to stop cutting their military budgets and work towards spending two per cent of their GDP on defence by 2024.

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