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Re: Op IMPACT: CAF in the Iraq & Syria crisis
« Reply #1500 on: July 30, 2017, 13:36:29 »
I remember, last October, hearing *Mosul should be secure by the New Year*... :blotto:

Like "the war will be over by Christmas"? 
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Re: Op IMPACT: CAF in the Iraq & Syria crisis
« Reply #1501 on: July 30, 2017, 20:43:43 »
Like "the war will be over by Christmas"?

Or...*this is a one-of-a-kind ISR asset and...*



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Re: Op IMPACT: CAF in the Iraq & Syria crisis
« Reply #1502 on: July 30, 2017, 20:44:27 »
Something about plans surviving contact (or not) comes to mind ...

But that never happens....its an urban myth!!   ;D
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Re: Op IMPACT: CAF in the Iraq & Syria crisis
« Reply #1503 on: August 14, 2017, 08:56:34 »
But that never happens....its an urban myth!!   ;D
You wild-eyed optimist, you ...

Meanwhile ...
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Canadian weapons destined for Peshmerga still a no show: Spokesperson
G.H. Renaud, kurdistan24.net
August 13-2017     10:00 AM


Canadian military aid and weapons meant for the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga has yet to reach the Kurdish soldiers’ hands, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Peshmerga said on Saturday.

Halgurd Hikmat, the spokesman for the Peshmerga Ministry, told Kurdistan 24 that weapons and other lethal aid promised by the Canadian government and intended for the Kurdistan Region’s armed forces to help in defeating the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq still haven’t been delivered.

“We have previously asked that military aid to Peshmerga be directly given to the Kurdistan Region, not delivered through Baghdad,” Hikmat said. “We have a reason to say that – there are unofficial reports that Canadian weapons destined for the Peshmerga forces have ended up in the hands of other Iraqi forces.”

“It is not a surprise or odd to us,” Hikmat stated, noting this has happened in Iraq on multiple occasions.

“Canada, the US-led coalition, and Iraqi federal government are accountable for the whereabouts and use of those weapons. They should have an explanation for this delay.”

While the Canadian government has said the Special Forces would not be overseeing the "urgent" purchase of weapons and equipment for the Peshmerga, the military cautioned it had no idea when the gear might be delivered.

Kurdish officials, including the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council Masrour Barzani, have criticized coalition partners for not delivering on their promises of military aid, sending weapons to Baghdad despite the knowledge the weapons would likely be detained by the Iraqi government.

The head of the Peshmerga Parliamentary Committee in the Kurdistan Region, Ari Harseen, while speaking to Kurdistan 24, asked countries delivering the weapons to follow up with Baghdad.

“Those who have sent weapons, meant to arm the Peshmerga, through the federal government of Iraq should investigate and question Baghdad on the whereabouts of the weapons.”

He mentioned that as long as the Kurdistan Region remained a part of Iraq, Baghdad would keep treating Erbil as it always has – not as an equal partner but as second-class ...
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Re: Op IMPACT: CAF in the Iraq & Syria crisis
« Reply #1504 on: September 15, 2017, 20:29:23 »
And the latest about our folks on the ground ...
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Canadian special forces have left the city of Mosul and are now backing up Iraqi forces as they prepare to assault one of the Islamic State group's last strongholds in the country.

The move comes amid growing friction between the various local groups facing off against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and warnings that despite its battlefield victories, the international community has a lot more work to do in Iraq.

The Iraqi military, Kurdish peshmerga and various paramilitary groups have surrounded Hawija, a city of about 150,000 people, and are waiting for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's order to attack.

 Victory there would represent a pivotal moment in the war against ISIL, since the group would then control only a few small pockets of Iraqi territory along Syria's border.

Canadian troops who had been helping Iraqi forces secure Mosul throughout the summer are now near Hawija, and will provide support during the upcoming battle, military spokesman Maj. Alexandre Cadieux said Friday.

Canada has about 200 special forces soldiers supporting local forces in northern Iraq. Most of their work has been with the Kurds, but Cadieux said they are also now operating with other Iraqi groups.

"Members of the Special Operations Task Force will provide their (Iraqi Security Force) partners with advice and assistance in the vicinity of Hawija," Cadieux said in an email.

 "Canadian Armed Forces personnel are advising its partners on how to best secure their position and prevent effective counter-attacks from Daesh," he added, using the Arabic name for ISIL.

"CAF personnel also advise and assist in the detection, identification and possible prosecution of Daesh targets by our partner, or through coalition resources."

Exactly when the battle will start has been a source of speculation for several weeks.

Hawija is located in territory claimed by both the Kurds, who have their own semi-independent regional government, as well as Iraq's central government in Baghdad.

That alone has created disagreements between the various forces preparing to attack the city, but the fact the Kurds plan to hold a referendum on independence on Sept. 25 has heightened tensions.

Yet even if Hawija is liberated, one senior Canadian officer whose job is to organize coalition training efforts and help Iraqi officials plan operations says the hard work is just beginning.

Brig.-Gen. Steven Whalen said that's because Iraqi security forces will continue to need help as ISIL shifts to terrorist tactics such as suicide bombings, one of which killed 80 people on Friday.

"This fight is not anywhere near over," Whalen said in an interview from Baghdad, where he is leading a team of international advisers inside Iraq's defence ministry.

"From a military perspective, we are expecting that there is going to be some kind of insurgency-type scenario that will evolve. And we see some signs of it occurring elsewhere in Iraq." ...
... as well as some recent news about Hawija & the Kurds ...
... and, this from the White House earlier today:
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Proposed Referendum

The United States does not support the Kurdistan Regional Government’s intention to hold a referendum later this month. The United States has repeatedly emphasized to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat ISIS and stabilize the liberated areas. Holding the referendum in disputed areas is particularly provocative and destabilizing. We therefore call on the Kurdistan Regional Government to call off the referendum and enter into serious and sustained dialogue with Baghdad, which the United States has repeatedly indicated it is prepared to facilitate.
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From the DND info-machine ...
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As part of Canada’s whole-of-government strategy in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria, and following the liberation of Mosul by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), the Canadian Armed Forces are now providing advice and assistance to ISF in the area around Hawija, Iraq.

Canada has also sent a small team of Canadian Army engineers to observe ongoing explosive threat training that the ISF are receiving under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Training and Capacity Building – Iraq mandate. This is the first step in plans for highly-skilled Canadian combat engineers to provide this training to ISF later this fall.

With the liberation of Mosul by ISF, the military coalition’s campaign to degrade and defeat Daesh continues to progress. Coalition allies and partners must remain flexible and adapt to the changing threats. As such, the CAF has continued to shift its contribution to ISF elements involved in ridding other Iraqi centers of Daesh’s control.

As outlined in Canada’s new defence policy, the government is dedicated to working with Coalition allies and partners to deter and defeat Daesh. Canada’s contributions to the Global Coalition against Daesh demonstrate Canada’s continued commitment to addressing the threat stemming from terrorist organizations such as Daesh, and respond to the needs of conflict-affected people in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon.

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    "Canada continues to be a responsible member of the international community and valued ally by remaining engaged in the world. The Canadian Armed Forces will adjust its contributions to ensure we remain a meaningful partner the coalition fight against Daesh.”

    — Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

    “I am proud of the significant contribution of the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces who have helped Iraqi Security Forces degrade Daesh across Northern Iraq. As we move forward, there is still much work to be done, and we will remain flexible and ensure we take advantage of our valuable operational skill set so our contributions are as effective as possible.”

    — General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff

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    The CAF will continue to support, when required, its ISF partners in Mosul with advice and assistance to defeat the remaining threats left by Daesh.

    The CAF continues to provide training to Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq. To date, the Canadian Armed Forces have trained approximately 2450 personnel.

    The Canadian Army will provide about a dozen specialized personnel to support the Special Operations Task Force. These personnel will bolster force protection of both Special Operations Forces and ISF by helping to detect, identify and defeat threats. The majority of these members will deploy from the 4th Canadian Division, based in Ontario, and will fall under the command of the Special Operations Task Force.

    NATO Training and Capacity Building – Iraq is the training program launched in January, 2017, which has seen NATO advisors in Iraq overseeing training activities and working with Iraqi authorities to reform their security institutions.

    Canada continues to contribute existing capabilities, including:
        Aerial refueling and surveillance capabilities;
        A tactical airlift detachment;
        Tactical helicopters;
        A CAF-led Role 2 medical facility;
        Training, equipment, advising, and assisting Iraqi security forces; and
        Support to the Global Coalition with highly-skilled personnel, including intelligence support.

    The recently renewed Op IMPACT mandate provides CAF with the authority to tailor its contribution to the Global Coalition fight against Daesh and the CAF is constantly seeking opportunities to better adjust its contribution to make it the most relevant to the evolving situation. The extended Op IMPACT mandate is well-aligned with Canada’s whole-of-government Strategy in the region.

    Through the Government of Canada’s whole-of-government strategy, announced in February 2016, Canada is investing $ 2 billion over the course of three years (2016-19) to address security, stabilization, humanitarian and development challenges stemming from the crises in Iraq and Syria and their impacts on Jordan and Lebanon. The Strategy also reinforces Canada’s diplomatic presence in the region to increase our political engagement and help resolve the crises ...
... and from CBC.ca:
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A handful of Canadian army combat engineers will soon be in Iraq to train local security forces in the finer points of detecting and defusing roadside bombs, the Liberal government announced Thursday.

An advance team has already been sent to observe the kind of instruction being given under a NATO program that was announced at the Warsaw Summit in the summer of 2016, but only established in earlier this year.

A media release by National Defence provided few specifics, saying only a dozen engineers would be involved in the new endeavour and that they would deploy "later this fall." ...
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