The Canadian navy will command a brand new NATO coaching and capability constructing mission in Iraq for its first yr, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced in Brussels on Wednesday as a part of the annual alliance summit.
Trudeau mentioned the mission, to start within the fall of 2018 in Baghdad and the encircling neighborhood, will embrace the deployment of as many as 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel and as much as 4 Griffon helicopters to assist NATO actions.
“That is one thing that we consider in deeply,” Trudeau mentioned of the brand new Iraq mission.
“It is a second for us to face collectively and perceive that the angle that we battle for and stand for is crucial at present and tomorrow.”
A press release from the Prime Minister’s Workplace referred to as the mission a “pure subsequent step for Canada” that strikes past the profitable battle in opposition to Islamic State militants to “serving to construct institutional capability in Iraq and lay the groundwork for longer-term peace and stability.
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Canada’s management of this new NATO coaching mission will complement present efforts within the world coalition in opposition to ISIL.
Beneath Operation IMPACT, the Canadian military is already offering coaching and help to the Iraqi safety forces and serving to regional forces construct their capability.
Canada additionally contributes cellular coaching groups to NATO’s counter-improvised explosive gadget capability constructing efforts for Iraq. This initiative builds on that effort.
“Canada is aware of peaceable world, a extra democratic world is nice for Canada, is nice for all of us and that’s why we consider so deeply in NATO, that’s why we stand so strongly with the trans-Atlantic alliance, and we’ll proceed to step up in every single place we are able to,” mentioned Trudeau.