Canada will lead new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training mission in Iraq, Trudeau says

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"This is something that we believe in deeply", Trudeau said of the new Iraq mission.

Derow is also co-author of a recent Macdonald-Laurier Institute report stressing the importance of Canada's military presence in the Baltic region.

The newly-announced North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission will launch in fall 2018, the Canadian Department of National Defense told Kurdistan 24 in an emailed statement.

The decline is largely the result of two one-time expenses past year: a retroactive pay increase for service members that was included in the Liberal government's defence policy, and a $1.8-billion payment into the account that provides pensions for Forces members and their dependents.

The Canadian military has had a presence in Iraq since September 2014, when several dozen special forces were deployed to the country as part of a US -led coalition to help local Kurdish forces beat off an ISIL offensive that threatened to overwhelm the country.

There's a big target, however, painted on Trudeau's back. "We will also help set up military schools, to increase the professionalism of Iraqi forces", Mr. Stoltenberg said during a speech ahead of this week's alliance ministerial.

"The prime minister is saying that Canada is doing great things", Perry said.

Canada's defence spending is only expected to reach 1.4 per cent of GDP.

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"We certainly hope that Russian Federation will choose to become a more positive actor in world affairs than it has chosen to be in the past". Are we leading in different opportunities? However, the increased commitment by the alliance in Iraq could be a major step in that direction.

His message, of course, is that in Canada's case, the answer is yes. Canada will now continue to lead the battle group until 2023. The government is also adding about 80 more soldiers, bringing the total to around 530.

He was casual and familiar with the troops, joking around at a spaghetti dinner and admiring the armoured vehicles and equipment they had laid out to showcase for him.

"This is a moment for us to stand together and understand that the perspective that we fight for and stand for is essential today and tomorrow".

"When you think of it, what Trump is making clear - to us and to others - is what should always have been screamingly obvious: that our nation's safety now rests in our own hands, far more than in anyone else's".

"European allies are stepping up". We do have disagreements.

"This need not presage a darker time, like Rome's withdrawal from Britain, but more will be required of the world's other free countries".

- with reporting from Lee Berthiaume in Ottawa.

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