Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trudeau announces new Canada-led training mission in Iraq

Trudeau announces new Canada-led training mission in Iraq

Prior to the June NATO meeting and this week's annual ministerial, Pentagon sources told The Washington Times that Mr. Mattis meant to present the USA plan to expand the size and scope of the Iraqi military training operation - putting it on par with the ongoing mission in Afghanistan.

Canada will provide another four years and 85 personnel to the mission.

There are no other deliberate, structured bilateral meetings planned between the two leaders.

"As part of this mission, up to 250 Canadian Armed Forces members will join partner countries in helping Iraq build a more effective national security structure and improve training for Iraqi security forces", the prime minister's office said.

But Trudeau appeared to be far from Trump's orbit during the traditional gathering of leaders for the NATO family photo op and ceremony, standing quietly to the side as Trump chatted with Britain's Theresa May, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

The department's explanation makes sense, said defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, calling it laudable that the government is investing more in pay and pensions for service members.

Trump's "America First" policies have exposed major differences between the USA and many parts of Europe on issues as diverse as climate change, trade and tariff policies, and the Iran nuclear deal that the US leader has rejected. "Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?'"

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The mission's activities have since been curtailed, and in some cases suspended, as a result of ISIL's defeat and ongoing fighting between some of the different Iraqi factions that Canada and its allies had been supporting.

On Tuesday, Trudeau said Canada continues to "deplore Russia's interference and illegal actions".

"European allies are stepping up".

"What are we doing here?"

However the figures were later disputed, with one expert telling CNN the figure was more like 37%, growing to 40% in the next few years - and suggesting that Trump was angling for Germany to buy the United States' more expensive gas.

Later in the day, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders issued an early final communique, in which they reaffirmed the alliance's "unwavering commitment" to see member states dedicate two per cent of GDP on defence spending by 2024, acknowledging growth in military and defence spending among many ally nations.

According to CBC, Canada will spend around 1.23 percent of its GDP on defense in 2018, down from 1.36 percent past year.

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