IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

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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