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     Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet breaks away after refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq. (HO-U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/Canadian Press)

    Canadian Special Operations Forces were involved in a pitched battle against ISIS militants in northern Iraq alongside their Kurdish trainees, returning fire from the ground as two Canadian fighter jets pounded the militants from the air. The 17-hour battle was» 

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     Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is welcomed by Karim Sinjari, Interior Minister of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), not pictured, upon his arrival to Irbil, northern Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015.

    Canada and its allies need a much better analysis of the political situation in the world’s hotspots and have to learn from previous mistakes to prevent the emergence of radical organizations that take advantage of power vacuums left by the» 

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     Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets depart after refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, October 30, 2014, over Iraq.Canadian fighter jets taking part in the air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have had a busy start to 2016.

    While federal politicians in Ottawa squabble over Canada’s role in the fight against ISIS militants, Canadian fighter jets in the region have been busy pounding the group’s positions in Syria and Iraq. Just in the last week of January, Canadian» 

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     Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, left to right, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion attend a news conference in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.

    Canada will stop its participation in coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) no later than Feb. 22, while it triples the number of special forces deployed to train Iraqi Kurdish forces on the ground for the next» 

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     Royal Canadian Air Force members of Air Task Force-Iraq and several members of the coalition participate in the SHAMAL SERIALS, a combat search and rescue exercise held for personnel of the Middle East Stabilization Force, currently conducting operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). (Photo: Op Impact, DND)

    The Liberal government’s decision to stop the bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria and focus on training Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq increases the risks for Canadian special forces stationed there, say Canadian defence experts. Under the new plan, the» 

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     Members of the Kurdish peshmerga forces gather in the town of Sinjar, Iraq November 13, 2015.

    In the millennia-old history of Kurds, there has never been a time when this ancient people of the Middle East were so tantalisingly close to statehood. And if in the next few years, the Kurds do manage to bridge their» 

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     In this image taken from video Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic listens to the verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, The Netherlands Thursday March 24, 2016. Karadzic was convicted of genocide and nine other charges Thursday at a U.N. court, and sentenced to 40 years in prison. (ICTY, Pool via AP)

    The conviction of the former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic for crimes against humanity offers important lessons for a peace process in Syria and Iraq, says a Canadian international law expert. “International law and human rights are meaningless if we» 

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     A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province August 13, 2014.

    The recognition of genocide committed by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria against the Yazidi minority by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week was “too little, too late,” says an opposition member of parliament» 

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     Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, left to right, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion attend a news conference in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.

    Canada will join with the United States, Germany and Japan to co-host the Pledging Conference in Support of Iraq, in Washington, D.C., next month, Canadian officials said today. The pledging conference, which will kick off on July 20, comes at» 

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     A woman reacts at the site after a suicide car bomb attack at the shopping area of Karrada, a largely Shi’ite district, in Baghdad, Iraq July 4, 2016.

    Canada “strongly condemns” Sunday’s suicide bomb attack in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, that killed at least 165 people, said Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion. “Once again, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) demonstrates its complete disregard» 

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    A CP-140M Aurora reconnaissance aircraft  does an engine run-up before taxiing to leave CFB Greenwood in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Three Canadian planes, two Auroras, and a Polaris refueler are still contributing to the coalition fightint terrorists in Iraq and Syria

    Under Canada’s previous Conservative government, six CF-18 fighter jets had joined the US-led coalition bombing mission in 2014 against the terrorists in Iraq and Syria. In February of this year,  a few months after being elected, the federal Liberal government» 

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    Commander Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Brigadier-General Michael Rouleau speaks during a technical briefing Monday, January 19, 2015 in Ottawa.

    A court martial found the commander of Canada’s elite special forces guilty of accidentally firing his weapon during a visit to Iraqi frontlines and fined him $2,000 on Tuesday. Maj.-Gen. Michael Rouleau had pleaded guilty after he was charged under» 

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    Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 18, 2016.

    As Iraqi security forces and Kurdish peshmerga units push deeper into ISIS-controlled territory to recapture Iraq’s second largest city, the plight of Mosul’s civilian population is top on the minds of humanitarian and military experts. Around 1.5 million people still» 

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    A displaced Iraqi woman from the Yazidi community, who fled violence between Islamic State (IS) group jihadists and Peshmerga fighters in the northern town of Sinjar, stands at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in the Sharia area, some 15 kilometres from the city of Dohuk, on November 17, 2016.

    Canadian authorities looking for candidates for resettlement in Canada among Yazidi refugees scattered in camps in northern Iraq will have no shortage of applicants, says a Yazidi NGO working with the refugees. “If you give a chance to people to» 

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    Former Canadian soldier Michael Kennedy was taken into custody in Iraq last Tuesday, according to his mother

    A Canadian volunteer who has spent the past six months fighting ISIS alongside Kurdish forces has been arrested in northern Iraq, Canadian officials confirmed Monday. Michael Kennedy, 32, a former Canadian soldier, was on his way back to Canada, trying» 

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    Former Canadian soldier Michael Kennedy has been set free from an Iraqi prison and is expected to be home by Christmas

    A Canadian volunteer arrested in northern Iraq last week has been released from prison, his mother says. Kay Kennedy told VOCM radio in Newfoundland that her son, Michael Kennedy, a former Canadian soldier who spent the last six months fighting» 

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    A refugee woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits with a child inside a tent at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria August 17, 2014.

    With less than two days left on a Parliament-mandated deadline to relocate to Canada persecuted Yazidi refugees from northern Iraq, the federal government says it remains devoted to meeting its commitment but has yet to unveil any details. “Canada has» 

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    Two CH-146 Griffon helicopters land near Camp Érable, Iraq during Operation IMPACT on February 20, 2017.

    About 60 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, based in Edmonton, Alberta, departed for northern Iraq on Monday to relieve their comrades in arms from Quebec who’ve been in Iraqi Kurdistan for the last six»