Canada offers to lead new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training mission in Iraq

Patty Hajdu

For more than six decades, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has proven itself as a major contributor to global peace, security, and stability.

The intervening years saw Canada deploy fighter jets, surveillance planes and air-to-air refuellers, a transport aircraft, a medical hospital and hundreds more special forces to help the coalition and Kurdish and Iraqi military forces push ISIL back and eventually defeat it on the battlefield.

Canada assumes command of the mission, which will be led by an as yet unnamed Canadian major-general, for one year.

"My instinct is that acquiring a capacity to strike harder and further and the need to give our country and our armed forces greater protection could soon require military spending well beyond two per cent of GDP", Mr Abbott said.

And in case it turns out the Prime Minister doesn't need a shirt after all, 100% of the proceeds of the fundraising campaign will be donated to Right to Play Canada to support children around the world.

In another show of resolve to Russian Federation, the leaders rubber-stamped a plan to ready a crisis response contingent that can be rapidly deployed — 30 battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 battleships within 30 days.


The only true growth will be in Latvia, where the government plans to add 80 new soldiers to 450 already there.

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". This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a press briefing in Brussels, which was broadcast channel "112 Ukraine".

"The US puts its troops in different parts of Europe and it occurs, including within the processes of rotation, in particular in the Baltic States", - said Stoltenberg.

In a wide-ranging speech, Mr Abbott says having Mr Trump in the White House has been good for Australia and that it and America's other allies need to step up if they want Washington to remain a reliable partner. "And I'm absolutely certain that this summit will show that we are able to deliver on security, on defence despite the disagreements we see on trade and other issues". Canada isn't meeting an informal alliance target for member states to devote at least 2 percent of their economic output to defense spending. "The reason to invest more in defence is because it's needed because we live in a more unpredictable world". An earlier version said defence spending in Canada as a percentage of GDP was higher in 2018 than in 2017.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.

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