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IN THE NEWS

Jan 29, 2015

On Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s YouTube channel, a new video has been posted that took a different approach than the usual feel-good recap of the week. The video is a montage of various Harper speeches over the past few months on national security. The prime minister speaks about ISIL’s specific targeting of Canadians and Canada’s resolve to fight terrorist organizations.

Jan 28, 2015

Pakistani military jets struck suspected militant hideouts Tuesday near the Afghan border, killing 76 militants in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, which has long been a safe haven for local and foreign extremists carrying out attacks on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Jan 28, 2015

Canada’s top military commander met privately this week with Kurdistan government officials in northern Iraq, where he was lobbied for military aid to bolster the fight against Islamic State militants.

Jan 27, 2015

The Department of National Defence wants a contractor to design and develop a hybrid protective suit that would shield wearers against chemical or biological hazards while allowing them to effectively engage and enemy.

Jan 27, 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has tapped a second spymaster, Communications Security Establishment chief John Forter, to serve as the top bureaucrat at National Defence.

Jan 27, 2015

Canadian soldiers have engaged in two more gunfights with Islamic State militants since the military reported the first such clash a week ago.

Jan 27, 2015

The Government of Canada is encouraging Canadians to participate in the Let’s Talk mental health initiative. On Wednesday, January 28, to support mental health initiatives across Canada, Bell will donate five cents for every text, mobile call, and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers, and for every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of the Let's Talk logo. “Every day, Canadian Armed Forces members are willing to risk their lives in service to our country. Their reputation precedes them: strong, proud, ready. But we cannot forget that their service can come at a cost, both physical and mental," says Defence Minister Rob Nicholson.

Jan 27, 2015

HMCS Winnipeg is patrolling in the Eastern Pacific as part of Operation CARIBBE 2015, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against transnational criminal organizations in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean. This deployment marks the beginning of several naval and air deployments under Operation CARIBBE scheduled for 2015 to continue working with Western Hemisphere and European partners to address security challenges in the region to disrupt illicit trafficking operations.

Jan 26, 2015

The Islamic State group has said it executed one of two Japanese hostages it has been holding, in an apparent beheading that has been slammed by leaders around the world. IS has said the other hostage, freelance journalist Kenji Goto’s fate depends on the release of an Iraqi would-be female bomber who is on death row in Jordan.

Jan 26, 2015

Australian politician Matthew Gardiner, the head of the Labor party in the Northern Territory and a former army soldier, is under investigation after allegedly making contact with Kurdish fighters via social media and travelled 7,000 miles to join forces in the fight against Islamic extremists.

Jan 23, 2015

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute and the Conference of Defence Associations Institute have released a new research paper titled: “Putting the ‘Armed’ Back Into The Canadian Armed Forces: Improving Defence Procurement in Canada” by David Perry, Senior Security and Defence Analyst with the CDA Institute.

Jan 23, 2015

The president of Yemen has resigned along with his prime minister in protest at the takeover of the capital Sanaa by Shia Houthi rebels, creating a dangerous political vacuum. Parliament has reportedly refused to accept the resignations.

Jan 23, 2015

Canada’s new warships will be designed and built over thirty years. The people working on the project will have to anticipate changes in economic conditions, in threats and in technologies available in that period.

Jan 23, 2015

Senior military officials revealed that Canadian soldiers on the ground have directed thirteen bombing attacks against the Islamic State since November and have neutralized other enemy forces with sniper fire after being shot at.

Jan 22, 2015

Shia rebels holding Yemen's president captive in his home reached a deal with the U.S.-backed leader Wednesday to end a violent standoff in the capital. The agreement promised to give the rebel Houthi movement more say in the affairs of the Arab world's poorest country in exchange for the group removing its fighters from President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's home.

Jan 22, 2015

A Palestinian man stabbed 11 people on a Tel Aviv bus during the morning rush hour Wednesday before he was shot by corrections officers and taken into custody, officials said.

Jan 22, 2015

In a newly published paper, two Canadian law professors are cautioning the government against rushing to criminalize the glorification of terrorism - or radicalized boasting - on the Internet, saying it could undermine freedom of expression and put the country on extremely uncertain constitutional terrain.

Jan 21, 2015

Shia rebels in Yemen known as Houthis shelled the private residence US-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The violent push by the rebels is seen to be undermining military and intelligence operations against al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula in Yemen.

Jan 21, 2015

More than 10,000 panicstricken Cameroonians are fleeing border regions with Nigeria's Borno state for safer locations following attacks by Nigeria's Islamic militant group Boko Haram, government officials said Tuesday.

Jan 21, 2015

Security officials are monitoring the latest terrorist threat made against Canada after a video was distributed online. Senior Al Qaeda official Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, who last week claimed responsibility for the shooting attack at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, turned his sights on Canada in an attempt to provoke “lone wolf” terrorist attacks in the country.

Jan 20, 2015

The federal governments definition of combat is misleading to Canadians according to Canadian special forces soldiers.

Jan 20, 2015

Approximately 2,800 soldiers from the Canadian Army, most of them from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG), will take part in winter combat operations training at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier and in Quebec City and surrounding region from January 19 to 27. This year a platoon from the 4e Régiment de Chasseurs from France and 20 members of the Polish Army’s 6th Airborne Brigade will also participate.

Jan 20, 2015

Today, the Minister of National Defence announced Canada’s intention to donate non-lethal military gear to expand the capabilities of the Iraqi Security Forces. The announcement was made in advance of a January 22nd meeting Minister Nicholson will attend in London, UK, with 23 delegations from various countries and organizations to discuss efforts made by the global coalition to combat the so-called Islamic State.

Jan 20, 2015

Rob Nicholson, Canada's Minister of National Defence met with Lithuanian Minister of National Defence, Juozas Olekas, in Ottawa today. Joined by many senior Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Officials, the two Ministers addressed a number of common defence and security issues, including Russia's ongoing aggression and interference in Ukraine, coalition efforts against ISIL, and the outcomes of last fall's NATO Summit in Wales. “Canada remains strongly committed to supporting the ongoing efforts to bring peace and stability to Central and Eastern Europe,” noted Nicholson.

Jan 20, 2015

ISIS militants released a video purporting to show two Japanese hostages, and demanded a $200-million ransom to be paid within 72 hours. This is in apparent retaliation for tat amount of aid announced to countries fighting ISIS.

Jan 20, 2015

Unknown assailants fired shots at a U.S. Embassy vehicle at a checkpoint near the facility in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, on Monday night. The shooters fired first into the air, and then turned the guns on the vehicle, which contained U.S. diplomatic personnel, the embassy said.

Jan 20, 2015

Government forces and rebels in Yemen agreed to a ceasefire Monday after heavy fighting in the capital, Sanaa, Yemen's interior minister and a rebel official said although many believe the ceasefire will not hold.

Jan 20, 2015

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird reaffirmed Canada's opposition Monday to a Palestinian attempt to pursue war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.

Jan 20, 2015

Canadian special forces exchanged gunfire after a Canadian training detail was fired upon by Islamic State fighters in Iraq. This is the first confirmed ground battle between Western troops and IS, a senior officer said Monday.

Jan 19, 2015

Two RCMP officers were shot after a routine investigation into a stolen vehicle that led to the Apex Casino St. Albert, Alberta. One officer was wounded but now out of hospital, the other has died after being shot in the head at close range. The suspect, Shawn Maxwell Rehn, was later found dead inside a private residence. An autopsy will be preformed to determine the cause of death.

Jan 19, 2015

At least four Muslim villagers were killed, three of them burned to death, when their thatched huts were set on fire during a clash between Hindu and Muslim groups in eastern India, a government official said. Fourteen people were arrested with charged of arson and murder.

Jan 19, 2015

A Canadian frigate returned home to Halifax on Sunday after a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea.

Jan 19, 2015

FrontLine takes a look at the strategic landscape of defence and security as the Conference of Defence Associations prepares the final details for its annual Security and Defence Conference on 19-20 February. As expected, the list of speakers, moderators, and attendees at the 2015 event reads like a "Who's Who" of the defence community.

Jan 16, 2015

The federal government announced today that it has signed a $3.5-billion build contract with Irving Shipbuilding for six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). The announcement was made in Ottawa by senior government officials at a briefing with Irving President, Kevin McCoy. The original AOPS budget in 2007 was $3.1 billion, but an official said subsequent negotiations led to the inclusion of an “appropriate contingency” to cover potential fluctuations in exchange rates, inflation and labour costs. The official also said that a negotiated "incentivized fee structure” encourages Irving to contain costs, and McCoy confirmed that Irving would be driving those down through its supplier chain. Each AOPS will be built in 62 blocks which will be consolidated into three “megablocks” for final assembly. Construction is to due to start this summer, with the first ship expected in 2018 and the rest to follow at roughly 9-month intervals.

Jan 16, 2015

On 18 January, HMCS Toronto will be returning after a 6-month deployment on Operation REASSURANCE in support of security and international cooperation efforts in the central and eastern European region. Toronto left the port of Halifax in July 2014 to join Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 in the Mediterranean Sea.

Jan 16, 2015

Two suspected jihadists have been killed in an anti-terror operation in eastern Belgium with a third person arrested in the raid in Verviers. Weapons are reported to have been recovered.

Jan 16, 2015

ISIL has gone on the attack again in three different locations in the country over the last several days. The Iraqi government wants the U.S., Canada and other coalition countries involved in the campaign against Islamic State forces to step up their bombing.

Jan 15, 2015

After a massive attack on the northeastern town of Baga, Nigeria, last week that left thousands of civilians dead, Boko Haram, one of the world's most violent Islamic extremist groups, now dominates most of the country's northeast area. And with control of two key border crossings, the group appears on the verge of international expansion.

Jan 15, 2015

John Maguire, a former Ottawa resident who called for attacks in Canada in an ISIL propaganda video was reported to have been killed in Syria just a month after posting the video.

Jan 14, 2015

A lack of funding has forced Canada’s navy to send its frigates out on international missions with instructions to crews not to use some of the ships’ sophisticated sensors in order to cut back on maintenance bills.

Jan 13, 2015

Children in Nigeria have reportedly been sent into crowded markets with bombs strapped to their bodies. An attack of gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades in and around the border town of Baga left hundreds dead.

Jan 13, 2015

Afghan officials confirmed for the first time Monday that ISIS is active in the south, recruiting fighters, flying black flags and, according to some sources, even battling Taliban militants.

Jan 13, 2015

Police fear six Islamic terror cells could still be on the loose in France following last week's terror attacks which left 17 people dead. Up to 10,000 soldiers are now on the streets of Paris with 5,000 police officers protecting Jewish schools.

Jan 13, 2015

Suliman Mohamed, a 21-year-old from Ottawa, has been accused by RCMP of conspiring to participate in a terrorist activity with twin brothers Ashton and Carlos Larmond who were arrested on Friday. Mohamed was arrested Monday and charged with one count of participation in the activity of a terrorist group and one count of conspiracy to participate in a terrorist activity.

Jan 12, 2015

Ashton Carleton Larmond and brother Carlos Honor Larmond, 24, are the latest young Muslim converts to come under national suspicion of involvement in terrorist activity. They were arrested Friday after a lenghty RCMP anti-terror investigation.

Jan 12, 2015

Canada will participate in an international summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama next month in Washington to fight the growing violent extremism around the world.

Jan 11, 2015

Muslims rallied in India-administered Kashmir on Sunday to declare that Islam was a religion of peace. The gathering of thousands of Muslims in Srinagar was organized by the Dawat-e-Minhajul Islam group.

Jan 11, 2015

Millions of people took to the streets across France today in a show of unity and defiance after the deadly terror attacks that shook Paris last week.

Jan 09, 2015

Lisa Campbell will join PWGSC and assume the functions of Assistant Deputy Minister, Acquisitions Branch, upon the retirement of Tom Ring. Previously Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Mergers and Civil Matters branches at the Competition Bureau, Campbell has worked in both the private and public sectors and has held various senior management positions within the Competition Bureau, the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Office of Indian Residential Schools Resolution of Canada and the Department of Justice Canada. As a litigator in private practice, she has worked in the areas of criminal, competition and constitutional law, and has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1993. Ms. Campbell will be supported by Claire Caloren, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Acquisitions, as she takes on her new role in providing the leadership for the Branch, and delivering on key initiatives such as the Acquisitions Program Transformation, the implementation of the Defence Procurement Strategy, and the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

Jan 09, 2015

The Kouachi brothers, suspects in the Charlie Hebdo attack, were inside a printing house northeast of Paris with at least one hostage early today. Subsequently, and possibly with his wife, the suspect in the killing of a female police officer took hostages at a Kosher market in eastern Paris, and demanded freedom for the Kouachi brothers. The Kouachi brothers and the male hostage taker of the grocery store were killed when police stormed both buildings after the sounds of shots being fired. Many hostages escaped, but four have reportedly died during the situation. There have also been police injuries. The female accomplice may be on the loose.

Jan 09, 2015

With the success of the coalition air strikes, Islamic insurgents in Iraq haven’t been able to launch successful counter-attacks allowing the Iraqi forces on the ground to push back the forces of ISIL.

Jan 09, 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says new arrest powers aimed at thwarting terrorist threats will be in a bill tabled shortly after Parliament resumes after twelve people were shot dead in an attack on the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo.

Jan 08, 2015

A female police officer has been shot and killed by two men with assault rifles in what officials are calling a terrorist attack. A street cleaner who tried to intervene was shot in the face and is in serious condition. It is not known if the attacks are linked or not.

Jan 08, 2015

Police issued arrest warrants for Cherif Kouachi, thirty-two, and his brother Said, thirty-four, as suspects to the deadly attacks at Charlie Hebdo magazine. Hamyd Mourad, an eighteen-year-old suspected of being an accomplice in the attack, handed himself in Thursday. Hamyd Mourad is in custody now after hearing his name linked to the attacks and reports claim it is a case of mistaken identity.

Jan 13, 2015

On Tuesday, 13 January, from 0900-1100 at the Westin in Ottawa CADSI, in collaboration with Industry Canada and AIAC, will host a special technical briefing and information session about the Government’s just-released Value Proposition Guide. The information session will feature Industry Canada ADM Philip Jennings and Karen Corkery, Director General of the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITBs) Directorate of the Aerospace, Defence and Marine Branch also at Industry Canada. Free for members, but registration required.

Jan 07, 2015

At least 12 people were killed in a shooting Wednesday at a French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which has published cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, police told reporters. Two police officers were among those killed. Currently, the number of injured people is thought to be around 20, of which four are critically wounded.

Jan 07, 2015

Leaving combat operations in Afghanistan behind, NATO is shifting its focus to Europe in 2015 and the creation of its new ultra-rapid-reaction force, designed as a deterrent to Russia. The multinational force, often called the "spearhead," was ordered into existence by President Obama and other NATO leaders in September so it could be deployed to reinforce alliance members feeling threatened by the actions or ambitions of Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Jan 07, 2015

A gunman opened fire at a veterans' medical clinic in West Texas on Tuesday, killing one person, officials said. The gunman was also killed.

Jan 07, 2015

A suicide blast targeting Iraqi security forces and subsequent clashes with Islamic State extremists on Tuesday killed at least 23 troops and pro-government Sunni fighters in the country’s embattled western province of Anbar.

Jan 06, 2015

In 2015, as Canadians re-examine defence issues, the nation’s political leaders will find it necessary to define where they stand. With roughly 10 months until the next federal election, there is little clarity about what the two major opposition parties think of Canada’s role in the world – or the type of Canadian Forces they envision or will finance. After several years of austerity, these and other issues will be important to voters. A look back at 2014 outlines what was good or bad, and just plain ugly.

Jan 06, 2015

Four gunmen attacked a Saudi security patrol near the Iraqi border early Monday, killing three soldiers and wounding at least three more.

Jan 06, 2015

Boko Haram extremists seized the headquarters of a multinational military force near Nigeria’s border with Chad, just days after foreign troops abandoned the base.

Jan 05, 2015

After numerous calls for the resignation of Mr Fantino over his performance as Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Prime Minister has moved him back to DND to reprise his role as Associate Minister of National Defence. Retired Air Force officer and new MP (Durham), Mr Erin O'Toole has been handed the Veterans portfolio. Both men were sworn in at Rideau Hall today.

Jan 05, 2015

Pakistan’s leadership has decided to amend the constitution and the army act to form special courts for the trial of alleged terrorists.

Jan 05, 2015

Legislation from more than 20 per cent of the country’s population will designate Israelas "the nation-state of the Jewish people" supported by PM Netanyahu despite the fact 1.7 million Arabs - 161,000 of whom are Christians (Aramean).

Jan 05, 2015

Tunisia's interior ministry says that Islamist extremists have slit the throat of a police officer and knifed him in the heart as he returned from work in a rural zone in Zaghouan.

Jan 05, 2015

A bomb blast has struck a buidling used as a base for Houthi rebel fighters in Yemen's capital injuring at least one. The Houthis, who control large swathes of Yemen and are regarded as enemies by Sunni fighters including those in al-Qaeda's Yemeni wing, sealed off the area soon afterwards to prevent access to it, local residents said.

Apr 13, 2015

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation, in coordination with French Foreign Affairs Ministry Crisis Center joined forces to distribute medical supplies, food and other humanitarian aid to the communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, some 1,7500 km east of Australia. The category five cyclone caused enormous damage, and aid agencies have indicated that conditions are among the most challenging they have faced.

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