IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Apr 22, 2015

Operation NUNALIVUT 2015, one of Joint Task Force (North)'s premier High Arctic operations, concluded today after nearly one month of activity in and around the Cambridge Bay, Nunavut area. The Operation once again highlighted Canada’s ability to respond to threats in the north, bringing together Canadian Armed Forces members from 1 CRPG, 3 PPCLI, and RCAF to conduct sovereignty patrols.

Apr 22, 2015

Interpol has posted a red notice asking international police forces to arrest former Ottawa student John Maguire, who appeared in an ISIL video last December calling for terrorist attacks in Canada. He was believed to have been killed in Syria in January, but his recent addition to the Interpol wanted page suggests police have not confirmed his death.

Apr 22, 2015

In keeping with the Conservatives’ focus on defence and security, Finance Minister Joe Oliver used his first budget April 21 to confirm increased resources for the Department of Natural Defence.

Apr 22, 2015

The Conservative government expects to spend more than $360 million on Canada's fight against the Islamic State over the next twelve months on top of the $122 million that has already been spent on the war.

Apr 21, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the coalition needs to speed up its response times on the airstrikes on ISIS targets in order to have the enemy killed as quickly as possible. The Iraqi prime minister also said the coalition airstrikes need to be more precise and more effective.

Apr 20, 2015

The third group of Canadian Armed Forces personnel on Operation SIRONA departed the United Kingdom today for Kerry Town, Sierra Leone. The members deploy to West Africa following extensive training alongside their British military counterparts and in continued support of the Government of Canada’s response to the Ebola epidemic.

Apr 20, 2015

The federal government will increase funds in Tuesday's budget for Canada's security agencies as they mount a tighter crackdown on terrorism.

Apr 18, 2015

Former Canadian diplomat James Bissett says the Canadians could end up training members of the country’s fascist groups as those troops are now being enrolled in Ukraine’s regular forces. “These militias are being merged with Ukraine’s military so we won’t be able to determine who we are training,” said Bissett, Canada’s former ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania. “These are unsavoury groups that Canadian soldiers should not be associated with.” Some members of Ukraine’s most effective fighting units have openly acknowledged they are Nazi sympathizers or have expressed anti-Semitic or extreme right wing views.

Apr 17, 2015

HMCS Athabaskan departed Halifax today to support Operation Caribbe, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking and organized crime in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and its approaches, and the eastern Pacific off the coasts of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and Ecuador. Athabaskan will join allied forces in the area of operations later this month. She is the sixth Royal Canadian Navy ship to deploy on Operation Caribbe so far in 2015, and the third ship to deploy from Canadian Fleet Atlantic.

Apr 16, 2015

A small Canadian Forces contingent to Ukraine, where it’ll spend the next two years training up soldiers there in areas like explosive ordnance disposal, military policing, medicine, flight safety and logistics system modernization. It’s important, however, to keep our contribution in the proper perspective, says the Ottawa Citizen's Editorial Board.

Apr 15, 2015

Her Majesty's Canadian Ships Whitehorse and Nanaimo returned to CFB Esquimalt today after a deployment on Operation CARIBBE, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and its approaches, and the eastern Pacific off the coasts of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and Ecuador. The combined efforts of Whitehorse and Nanaimo during this important operation aided the United States Coast Guard in intercepting more than 5800 kg of cocaine, while providing a deterring presence in the international waters of the region.

Apr 15, 2015

Recently, what seems outwardly to be a pro-military Conservative government- has been quick to deploy members of the CF to help fight radicalism, train foreign nationals and stabilize regions in international hotspots. However right here in Canada their toughest assignment seems to be in getting these brave men and women into 21st century hardware to carry out these missions safely.

Apr 15, 2015

The 200 soldiers sent to train the pro separatist forces in the Ukraine may be a far more complicated mission than the one facing the 70 troops on a similar mission in Iraq.

Apr 15, 2015

200 Canadian troops are being asked to train Ukraine forces in a delicate balancing act between stability in a region less than 1500 km from the front lines and maintaining peaceful relationships with Russia.

Apr 14, 2015

General Tom Lawson and Minister Kenny announced today that approximately 200 Canadian troops will be deployed under the context of a training mission, far from the Russian border and conflict zone, to provide non-lethal assistance to Ukraine\'s efforts to fight Russian activity.

Apr 13, 2015

A military vehicle struck a roadside bomb yesterday killing two Malian soldiers and wounding three others in the south of Mali. The attack comes about a month after a masked gunman opened fire inside a popular bar and restaurant in the capital, leaving five people dead. The spike in violence is alarming Malian citizens. There was no immediate claim of responsibility though suspicion fell on an armed group that is aligned with the Islamic militants from the Timbuktu area in the north.

Apr 13, 2015

DND announced that a project to significantly boost Canada's search and rescue capabilities, one that was heralded with great fanfare in 2013, has been quietly put on hold by the Conservative Government. The proposed plan would have reduced time to detect, locate distress signal from 60 to 5 min.

Apr 11, 2015

HMCS Whitehorse actively assisted USCG Cutter Boutwell in the pursuit and subsequent interception of a vessel of interest in the Pacific drug transit zone. On scene, crew members from Boutwell retrieved 15 bales of cocaine, weighing more than 600 kg, from the water surrounding the vessel. This is the second significant narcotics interception for Whitehorse this year on Operation CARIBBE. On March 6th, the ship’s crew, in collaboration with the U.S. Navy and in support of the USCG, assisted in the seizure of approximately 5284 kg of cocaine off the coast of Costa Rica.

Apr 09, 2015

The latest round of releases came Wednesday, after eight months of being targeted by US-led airstrikes. About 40 children were among those released, all of which were described as in poor health and showing signs of abuse and neglect.

Apr 09, 2015

Canada's "next level" involvement in the fight against ISIL came yesterday in Ar-Raqquah, Syria, as two CF-18's struck an ISIL garrison east of Aleppo. Defence Minister Jason Kenny announced the attack on Twitter in concert with an official press release.

Apr 08, 2015

Canada handed over command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) to France on 6 April at a ceremony in Manama, Bahrain. This concludes the second time Canada has commanded one of the Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) multinational maritime forces in the greater Middle East region. Commodore Brian Santarpia of the Canadian Armed Forces relinquished command to Capitaine de vaisseau René-Jean Crignola of the Marine nationale during a formal change of command ceremony held on board the French Ship Var.

Apr 07, 2015

In Countries such as Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, citizens are preparing for the worst despite the assurances from NATO allies that they are safe from Russian aggression.

Apr 07, 2015

As the holy season of Easter arrives in Iraq, many Christians are faced with the stark reality of suffering for their religion in a primarily Kurdish region or debate the merits of emigration. The population of Iraqi Christians has dropped by 2/3 since the US led invasion in 2003.

Canadian fighters participate in defence exercises
Apr 03, 2015

The Canadian NORAD Region (CANR) conducted comprehensive training on 2 Apr in support of its mandate to detect, deter, and defend against all threats to North America’s sovereign airspace. CANR conducted intercept and safe passage operations of two pairs of B-52 Stratofortress bombers returning from long range training flights through Canadian northern and eastern aerospace approaches. CF-18 fighters were scrambled from 3 Wing (Bagotville) and 4 Wing (Cold Lake) to intercept two B-52 Stratofortress bombers each in the northern and eastern extremity of the Canadian Air Defence Identification Zone (CADIZ) respectively. The B-52s were operating as part of Exercise Polar Growl, a separate training event under the command of United States Strategic Command.

Apr 03, 2015

On April 4th, the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia (ARSBC) will be sinking the former HMCS Annapolis to make an artificial reef in Halkett Bay Provincial Marine Park on Gambier Island, British Columbia. The ship was purchased from the Federal Government in 2008 with the intent to making this the first artificial reef in the Greater Vancouver area. Leading up to the sinking, Annapolis has been meticulously cleaned of hazardous and pollutant materials and an estimated 250 tons of materials (almost everything but the steel hull and aluminum super structure) has been recycled.

Apr 03, 2015

Former foreign affairs minister John Baird has new part-time job – advising Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, son of one of the wealthiest men in Asia. Mr. Baird will be based in Toronto and offer Mr. Li advice on international matters as the tycoon makes investments around the world. Baird will be expected to conduct risk assessments, including political analysis, and appraise business opportunities.

Apr 03, 2015

CTV News is reporting that General Jonathan Vance has been selected as the incoming CDS to replace General Tom Lawson. That appointment has not been announced by the Prime Minister's office.

Apr 02, 2015

The Royal Canadian Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy collaborated in the interception of more than 5200 kg of cocaine in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica as part of Operation Caribbe in early March. The crew of a coastal freighter began throwing bales of contraband overboard when the USS Gary, patrolling the area with a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) aboard, approached the vessel. HMCS Whitehorse and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell were called in to join the operation.

Apr 02, 2015

Iraq’s prime minister has said Isis has been defeated in Tikrit after a month-long battle in which US forces and Iranian-backed militias formed an unhappy alliance to deliver the jihadists’ biggest loss.

Apr 02, 2015

ISIL, which controls large swaths of territory in northern Syria, entered the Yarmouk camp from the nearby Hajar Aswad neighborhood, sparking heavy clashes with members of a Palestinian faction called Aknaf Beit Al Maqdis.

Apr 02, 2015

Canada's war in Iraq and Syria is expected to cost more than half a billion dollars by this time next year, Defence Minister Jason Kenney revealed Wednesday, one day after federal budget reports stamped the estimate as secret.

Apr 02, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney was accused Wednesday of telling lies about the military mission in the Middle East and of throwing the country's top general under the bus to avoid political responsibility.

Apr 02, 2015

Canada's war in Iraq and Syria is expected to cost more than half a billion dollars by this time next year, Defence Minister Jason Kenney revealed Wednesday, one day after federal budget reports stamped the estimate as secret.

Apr 02, 2015

Defence Minister Jason Kenney was accused Wednesday of telling lies about the military mission in the Middle East and of throwing the country's top general under the bus to avoid political responsibility.

Apr 01, 2015

Approximately 35 soldiers from the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment (3RCR) are joining with Polish soldiers to train and develop their mountaineering experience and skills throughout the month of April. Exercise MOUNTAIN WARRIOR, taking place in Trzclaniec, Poland, will promote interoperability, collective training and operational proficiency between the two NATO allies.

Apr 01, 2015

Burma’s government and sixteen ethnic armed groups have agreed the wording of a draft nationwide ceasefire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.

Apr 01, 2015

About four hours into the rescue of his disabled replica pirate ship off the coast of Gloucester, Mass., on Monday, Ryan Tilley, the twenty-four-year-old captain, radioed some bleak news to the U.S. Coast Guard crew towing the battered schooner back to shore that the sails became entangles and could snap at anytime and hurtle down onto the deck potentially sinking the twenty-six-metre vessel.

Apr 01, 2015

The government Tuesday finally released a request for proposals to purchase aircraft to replace the aging fleet of Buffalo search planes after ten years of planning and funding for the program.

Apr 01, 2015

Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson has done an abrupt about-face and is admitting that advanced precision-guided munitions were indeed used in Syria by Canada's allies, despite claimes to the contrary made by Defence Minister Jason Kenney.

Apr 01, 2015

Navy cadets across the country will be packing away their replica rifles because of concerns about perceptions of kids carrying guns.

Mar 31, 2015

Public Works has released the revised RFP for Fixed Wing SAR aircraft. Closing date is 28 September 2015. Only vendors on the FWSAR source list are able to request a copy of the RFP. Listed in alphabetical order: Airbus Defense and Space; Alenia Aermacchi; Bell Boeing Joint Project Office; Embraer Defense and Security; and Lockheed Martin.

Mar 31, 2015

Iran's Revolutionary Guard says a U.S. drone strike killed two of its advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a major offensive is under way against the Islamic State group, but the United States said Monday its coalition conducted no airstrikes in the area during the time of the incident.

Mar 30, 2015

The Islamic State group released a new video Sunday showing its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men described as Shiite Muslims, who were led to their execution by teenage boys.

Mar 30, 2015

How to avoid missile batteries and navigate defensive radar systems in Syria are among the issues preoccupying military planners as Parliament debates the merits of expanding and extending Canada's Middle East mission.

Mar 27, 2015

Canada’s fifth CC-177 Globemaster will make its inaugural landing in Canada and be officially welcomed into the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet by Defence Minister Jason Kenney and Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin at a ceremony at 8 Wing Trenton on March 30, 2015.

Mar 27, 2015

Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army, visited Chile and Brazil from March 21 to 27, 2015, where he met with General Humberto Oviedo Arriagada of the Chilean Army and later met General Eduardo Villas Bôas of the Brazilian Army to discuss bilateral cooperation and training. Canada, Brazil and Chile are members of the Conference of American Armies (CAA), of which Canada became a member in 1993. The CAA supports two of the Canadian Armed Forces’ three core roles: defend North America; and contribute to international peace and security.

Mar 27, 2015

The U.S. military has dropped 60,000 copies of a graphic leaflet near the Syrian city of Raqqah depicting potential ISIL recruits being fed into a meat grinder. The leaflets, part of a campaign to discourage people from joining the extremists, were dropped in a canister by an F-15 fighter jet last week.

Mar 27, 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced earlier this week that the government would extend its military mission against ISIL to the end of March 2016, and authorize Canadian airstrikes in Syria as well as Iraq. The objective is to degrade ISIL so it can no longer launch attacks.

Mar 26, 2015

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who slipped away from his patrol base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held in captivity for five years, has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy.

Mar 26, 2015

Kenney's claim that Canada needs to join the Syrian bombing campaign because it and the United States are the only members of the coalition who have the smart bombs needed, is being challenged by critics, and statements from the U.S. officials raise questions about its accuracy.

Mar 26, 2015

The Conservatives and opposition MPs begin debate Thursday on a motion to expand Canada\'s war against the Islamic State by ordering air strikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Previously, Canadian warplanes had been restricted to operation in Iraq. Only the U.S. and five allied Arab countries have dropped bombs in Syria.

Mar 25, 2015

Syria may be a mess — the world's worst humanitarian disaster, a multi-sided civil war in a country led by a brutal dictator that could be falling apart – but that's no reason for Canada to stay out. UN ambassador Paul Heinbecker, typically a vocal Harper critic, has said Canada and its allies cannot afford to turn its back on the threat posed by the so-called Islamic State militants.

Mar 24, 2015

Police warned MPs and Senators to be vigilant after a handful of senators' offices on Monday received envelopes scrawled with threatening messages and containing white powder which has been declared harmless. Some of the messages include, "Ottawa shooting" and "Shooting in Parliament".

Mar 24, 2015

The Department of National Defence set out a report warning an emerging trend where terrorist groups use social media to harass the family and friends of Canadian military personnel. The report emerges amid growing concerns about the safety of military personnel in Canada and other Western countries.

Mar 24, 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the nomination of Joe Friday as the next Public Sector Integrity Commissioner. As per protocol, this appointment must be approved by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons. Mr Friday had been serving as the interim Commissioner since 1 Jan 2015.

Mar 23, 2015

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Military Police contingent officially today took over the provision of police services for the next four years for the personnel living in the Multinational Force and Observers camps in the Sinai Peninsula today. Earlier this month, 37 Military Police and support personnel joined the 31 CAF personnel already deployed as part of Operation CALUMET, Canada’s current contribution to the multinational force. These Military Police will conduct police and security duties in the North and South camps of the multinational peacekeeping force.

Mar 23, 2015

Harper met with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg in Ottawa to talk about war against ISIL, crisis in Ukraine. The meeting comes a day before the planned introduction of a parliamentary motion to extend and expand Canada\'s combat mission against extremists in Iraq — and possibly Syria.

Mar 23, 2015

In a dramatic propaganda move, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham terrorists have published a hit list of 100 American military personnel, including names, photos and addresses they claimed to have hacked from secure government computers.

Mar 23, 2015

Prime Minster Stephen Harper has confirmed he will ask Parliament for an extension and expansion of the mission In Iraq, though he didn't provide any details.

Mar 23, 2015

Abdel-Malik al-Houthi, the rebel leader backed by supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, vowed to send fighters into the southern part of the country where Hadi has taken refuge against the rebels.

Mar 23, 2015

Moroccan authorities have announced the dismantling of a militant network linked to the Islamic State group across nine cities that had been planning attacks.

Mar 23, 2015

Tunisian security forces have begun a manhunt for Maher bin Al-Moulidi Al-Qaidi, the third attacker in the assault on the Bardo museum that killed twenty-one people, mostly foreign tourists.

Mar 22, 2015

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR), based in Petawawa, are now participating in Exercise SUMMER SHIELD, a NATO military training exercise, at Camp Adazi in Latvia. A team of approximately 45 soldiers will take part in tactical live-fire exercises from March 22 to 31. The Canadians will add their knowledge and experience in joint training exercises with forces from Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Germany and the United States.

Mar 22, 2015

HMCS Fredericton and five other allied warships are now heading back to the Mediterranean Sea after completing joint NATO training exercises in the Black Sea as part of NATO Assurance Measures. The Black Sea deployment demonstrated Canada's and NATO’s commitment to allies and security partners in the region, especially in the context of Russia’s continued aggression towards Ukraine. As part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), Fredericton will now resume its role as part of NATO maritime operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

Mar 20, 2015

Contrary to first assumptions that Al-Qaeda was behind the bombs that killed at least 90 people and injured at least 280 others at a mosque in Yemen, ISIS has now come forward to claim responsibility for the devastating brutality at two Shia mosques in the city of Sanaa. Successive attacks during midday prayers on Friday killed people who rushed to help after the first wave.

Mar 20, 2015

Ottawa police will ask the police services board on Monday to approve a nearly $200,000 purchase of 100 tasers. The force wants to buy 100 of the X2 model from M.D. Charlton Co. Ltd. The X2 has a laser sighting system and holds two cartridges.

Mar 20, 2015

Approximately 200 Canadian Army Regular and Reserve Force soldiers, including Canadian Rangers, arrived in Resolute Bay to participate in exercise NOREX 2015 from March 20-30. NOREX 2015 will include live fire exercises and patrols in isolated areas. The soldiers will face harsh winter conditions as they highlight the Canadian Army's ability to assert Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic.

Mar 19, 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed Wednesday that his government intends to continue the military campaign that began last fall to beat back advances by the extremists into large parts of Iraq and Syria.

Mar 18, 2015

Gunmen in military uniforms stormed Tunisia’s Bardo Museum this morning in Tunis, killing 19 people in a horrific, military style attack. Two gunmen were killed and as many as three remain at large. No group had claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet, but ISIS supporters celebrated the attack in social media.

Mar 18, 2015

Russia plans to station state-of-the art missiles in its westernmost Baltic exclave and deploy nuclear-capable bombers to Crimea as part of massive war games to showcase its resurgent military power amid bitter tensions with the West over Ukraine.

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