IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Feb 13, 2015

Finance Minister Joe Oliver has asked the House of Commons finance committee to launch an investigation into terrorist financing, saying "more can be done" and that recent incidents highlight the threat it poses to Canadians.

Feb 13, 2015

The new Minsk agreement says that Poroshenko will get his border back only after he has delivered full legal autonomy to Donetsk and Luhansk, and Putin promises, once again, to keep the pledges that he has already made and broken.

Feb 12, 2015

Jason Kenney, Canada's newest Minister of National Defence, issued a statement welcoming the new U.S. Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton Carter. "Defence and security relations between our two countries are longstanding, well-entrenched and highly successful. As a new defence minister myself, I look forward to building upon this strong partnership with Secretary Carter as the U.S. and Canada work together to defend North America and to face the challenges of the current security environment, including countering the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Russian aggression in Ukraine."

Feb 12, 2015

Federal budget cuts have been quietly clipping the wings of the Canadian military, with the air force’s fighter jets, search-and-rescue helicopters and other aircraft spending more time on the ground in an attempt to save money.

Feb 11, 2015

General Tom Lawson has announced senior appointments for 2015. Click this link for details.

Feb 11, 2015

Foreign fighters are flocking to Syria at an unprecedented rate, with more than 20,000 volunteers from around the world joining the Islamic State or other extremist groups, US intelligence officials said.

Feb 11, 2015

The Department of National Defence is looking to spend $17 million to hire a contractor to provide maintenance and support services at its Dwyer Hill counter-terrorism base over a three-year period.

Feb 11, 2015

Canadian special forces from Petawawa are operating near a town in Niger that has been the scene of heavy fighting between government troops and Islamic extremists.

Feb 10, 2015

President Obama said Monday that he would wait for the outcome of peace talks before deciding whether to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine. Such assistance would represent a striking break with European allies who say that arming the country against Russian aggression would make the conflict worse.

Feb 09, 2015

After the departure of John Baird from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, this morning named Rob Nicholson as his new Foreign Affairs Minister and Jason Kenney to replace Nicholson at the Department of National Defence. Kenney will keep his responsibilities as minister for multiculturalism.

Feb 09, 2015

Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, and a gathering of the world’s top diplomats and defence officials, have signalled a willingness to come to an agreement to clinch a deal setting long-term limits on Tehran’s enrichment of uranium and other activity that could produce material for use in nuclear weapons.

Feb 09, 2015

Ukraine’s top diplomat in Ottawa says Canada can do more to help his country, as Western nations debate providing weapons and other “lethal” military aid to government forces fighting Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Feb 09, 2015

The Department of National Defence is investigating its personnel for using government computers to wipe mentions of the alleged sexual assault of Rehtaeh Parsons from her Wikipedia page and for suggesting her death was not a suicide. The edits, which occurred last week, went so far as to alter a direct quote from the Nova Scotia teen’s father about his daughter’s alleged gang rape.

Feb 09, 2015

Sgt Mark Salesse, a SAR Tech from 435 Transport and Rescue Sqn, based at 17 Wing Winnipeg, is missing after an avalanche interrupted a training exercise in Banff National Park, Alberta on 5 February 2015 at around 6 p.m. Mountain Time. An experienced SAR Tech, Sgt Salesse was conducting routine mountain training with his team in an area known as Polar Circus when he was swept away by an avalanche. Parks Canada (Banff Visitor Safety Centre) is the lead agency coordinating the search with Safety Specialists, dog teams and air support working locate the missing individual. Unrelenting snowfall has hampered search efforts along with significant avalanche hazards in the area.

Feb 06, 2015

Breaking news: Islamic State claims a female American hostage was killed in a Jordanian airstrike. There is no corroborating evidence, and ISIS also claims none of their group were killed in the same strike.

Feb 06, 2015

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters took revenge Thursday on villagers in Cameroon, shooting and burning scores to death and razing mosques and churches after warning Nigeria’s neighbours not to join the battle against the Islamic insurgent group.

Feb 06, 2015

Dozens of Jordanian fighter jets bombed Islamic State training centres and weapons storage sites on Thursday, intensifying attacks after the militants burned to death a captured Jordanian pilot.

Feb 06, 2015

“This is our war, this is the Muslim world war, and this is the Arab’s war, because Daesh (IS) is in the fronts of Jordan, and putting threats to Saudi Arabia and to Kuwait and to other Gulf countries as well as Iraq and Syria of course, so it is logical for all of us to say and understand and accept that this is our war, especially that Daesh is committing this war on the name of Islam, which is absolutely not corrrect, and not true,” stated Mohammad Al-Momani, a Jordan Government spokesperson, in a televised statement.

Feb 06, 2015

The Supreme Court will decide whether it’s legal for Canada’s spy agency to employ foreign security services to spy on Canadians abroad.

Feb 05, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put the ball squarely in Russia's court for finding a peaceful end to the devastating conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying the biggest threat Ukraine faces is "Russia's continued aggression" in the area. Speaking alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev, Kerry called on Russia to take steps to enable a diplomatic solution.

Feb 05, 2015

Two days after news that ISIS had burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death, Jordan hit back with targeted airstrikes – following through on its vow of "earthshaking retaliation."

Feb 04, 2015

Defence Mnister Rob Nicholson met with his French counterpart, Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian, to sign a Technical Arrangement establishing a Franco-Canadian Defence Cooperation Council, ensuring that close cooperation continues between both nations in a constantly changing global security environment.

Feb 04, 2015

A female would-be suicide bomber and other jihadists will be executed in retaliation for the killing of hostage pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh who had been burned alive in a cage on Tuesday.

Feb 04, 2015

The former business student at Algonquin college in Ottawa, Khadar Khalib, twenty-three, dropped out of sight last year after allegedly being recruited by Ottawa man, Awso Peshdary. Both men had ties to Algonquin College’s Muslim Students’ Association. Both men have been charged by the RCMP for leaving Canada to participate in activities of terror.

Feb 04, 2015

The RCMP revealed Tuesday that an extremists cluster in Ottawa has spawned two Islamic State jihadists and was trying to recruit more local young men to fight in Syria. Twenty-five year old Ottawa man Awso Peshdary, was arrested for being a key recruiter of overseas jihadists.

Feb 03, 2015

Effective immediately, Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird has resigned his Cabinet position. Within a few days, he will also step down from representing his riding of Ottawa West-Nepean. After 20 years in politics, it seems he may be time for a key position in the private sector. Baird has not yet revealed his future plans.

Feb 03, 2015

The Minister of National Defence, Rob Nicholson, and French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, will sign two bi-lateral arrangements, followed by a joint press conference on February 4th.

Feb 03, 2015

DND has announced that Canada will join the U.S./Ukraine Joint Commission on Defence Reform and Bilateral Cooperation in order to coordinate Canada’s ongoing provision of assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This Commission will ensure that Canada's donations and training are synchronized with those of the United States. Canada is committed to assistance in strengthening the capacity of the Ukrainian Government and its security forces to defend Ukraine’s territorial integrity and its people. At the invitation of the Joint Commission, Canada will lead the Military Police Sub-committee and will coordinate the Joint Commission’s training assistance efforts to Ukraine’s military police.

Feb 02, 2015

Shiite rebel group, Houthis, declared that they will take over the state power in Yemen if a three-day deadline to resolve the country’s crisis is not met.

Jan 30, 2015

Approximately 300 Canadian soldiers are participating in Exercise WARFIGHTER, an American-led military exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, from January 26 to February 13, to enhance command and control techniques and increase interoperability with allies. Canadian soldiers are working alongside approximately 3000 U.S. troops from Army Regular and Reserve Forces, as well as the Army and Air National Guard. Exercise WARFIGHTER is a training event designed to test troops’ readiness, responsiveness and skills in a variety of scenarios that simulate a full-scale military operation.

Jan 30, 2015

A suicide bomber struck a funeral in Afghanistan for the victims of an earlier Taliban attack, killing sixteen people.

Jan 29, 2015

Fighting between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has left two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper dead. Hezbollah fired five anti-tank missiles at Israeli military vehicles in the disputed Shebaa Farms area, killing an officer and a soldier. Messages have been sent through the UN mission in southern Lebanon saying it did not want a further escalation.

Jan 29, 2015

Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in north-eastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops protecting civilians. More than forty people have been killed in seven villages in Adamawa state this week.

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

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 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

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

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

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

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.

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