IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

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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