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IN THE NEWS

Mar 17, 2015

The Conservative government doesn't appear any closer to producing a new Canadian defence strategy than it was more than four years ago, after the original was declared unaffordable.

Mar 17, 2015

The government would be wise to heed the lessons of its evaluation of the Afghan air program as it contemplates how to handle the mission in Iraq, say former diplomats after a report that found $2.2 billion in aid money for Afghanistan yielded few long-term results.

Mar 16, 2015

Seven suspected members of jihadi cell were denied bail Sunday for allegedly urging attacks to be carried out in the country and recruiting people to be sent to fight for the Islamic State group in Iraq an Syria. Five of the seven are of Moroccan origin.

Mar 16, 2015

Three Ontario Provincial Police union leaders under suspicions in a still-unfolding fraud, theft and money laundering investigation have been suspended from their policing duties after on of the officials was fired from his union position.

Mar 16, 2015

The GAO, which serves Congress's independent auditor has said that key gaps persist in the development of the F-35s that threaten to increase costs and put the development even further behind schedule.

Mar 16, 2015

The Defence Department now says there was a low-level flight by a Russian plane over a Canadian frigate in the Black Sea but it has not provided any details to back up the Conservative government’s contention that Russian warships confronted HMCS Fredericton.

Mar 14, 2015

In a statement on 14 March 2015, DND has confirmed that a Russian aircraft and a Russian intelligence vessel have kept eyes on HMCS Fredericton. On March 5, according to the statement, a confirmed Russian military intelligence vessel trailed Fredericton at a distance of 6 km. Another incident occurred on March 6 when [Russian] aircraft passed within 500 feet overhead of the NATO fleet in the Black Sea. This was the second air interaction during this deployment. Such encounters have not been uncommon, states DND. Last October, during the deployment of HMCS Toronto in the Black Sea, the ship was circled by one Russian surveillance plane and two fighter jets.

Mar 14, 2015

Mohammed El Shaer, a twenty-seven-year-old from Windsor, Ontario disappeared last month and is believed to be in Syria. The RCMP have reported that El Shaer was on the list of high risk travellers and some how left the country with no valid passport, and was on probation and under a court order not to travel abroad.

Mar 13, 2015

In a damning indictment of Canada’s military police detectives, a federal report issued Tuesday says there were “serious flaws” in the investigations of the suicide of Afghanistan war veteran Stuart Langridge, with poorly supervised officers seemingly unable to cope with even basic policing techniques.

Mar 13, 2015

Iran’s supreme leader accused America of tricks and deceptions Thursday as the dealing approached for a final agreement on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions saying that the letter was a last-minute reversal aimed at undermining a comprehensive deal covering Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Mar 13, 2015

Iraqi troops clashed along two fronts with Islamic State militants in Tikrit on Thursday, and rockets and mortars echoed across Saddam Hussein's hometown one day after soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen swept into this Sunni city north of Baghdad.

Mar 12, 2015

Following last years attack on the National War Memorial, Ottawa police will likely volunteer to guard the soldiers who stand sentry come spring.

Mar 12, 2015

Military officers are expecting the government to extend the war against ISIL past April, and an expansion of the training contribution is possible although Defence Minister Jason Kenney said the government is not planning to increase the number or special forces advisers in Iraq.

May 14, 2015

Iraqi soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen swept into the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit on Wednesday, launching a two-front offensive to squeeze extremists out of Saddam Hussein's hometown in a major test of the troops' resolve.

Mar 11, 2015

33 Canadian Forces Military Police departed CFB Trenton for the Sinai Peninsula on 6 Mar 2015 as part of military activities to support the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO)in Egypt. The Canadian Forces Military Police (CF MP) contingent is comprised of MP members and officers from across Canada. This team will complement the advance party who deployed earlier this week under Operation CALUMET. The MP contingent will conduct police and security duties in the North and South camps of the multinational peace keeping force.

Mar 11, 2015

Canada has again delayed the opening of a major new Arctic port (on the site of a closed lead and zinc mine), a sign the government is struggling to assert sovereignty over a remote resource-rich region. The planned deep water naval facility at Nanisivik - some 3,100 km north of Ottawa - is one of the key components of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's "use it or lose it" approach to the Arctic. Initially due to open in 2012, the port will not be operational until 2018.

Mar 10, 2015

Republican lawmakers warned the leaders of Iran on Monday that any nuclear deal they cut with President Barack Obama could expire the day he leaves office. The White House denounced the GOP's latest effort to undercut the international negotiations as a rush to war.

May 14, 2015

Forces from Chad and Niger opened a new front in the regional military fight against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, as army vehicles full of soldiers crossed the border into northeast Nigeria.

Mar 10, 2015

The Conservative government came under fire in the House of Commons Monday for hiding the truth about the nature of Canada’s military mission in Iraq as it was believed to be strictly airstrikes and training; where as it is now involving out service people on the front line.

May 14, 2015

The deployment of more special forces advisers to Iraq is being considered as the Conservative government weighs its options to continue Canada’s contribution to the Iraq war.

Mar 09, 2015

On 1 Mar 2015, HMCS Goose Bay and Shawinigan, in collaboration with the U.S. Navy and in support of the U.S. Coast Guard, assisted in seizing 1017 kg of cocaine while patrolling in the Caribbean Sea, as part of Operation CARIBBE. Crewmembers of the suspect vessel were taken into custody onboard USS Kauffman.

Mar 09, 2015

In a refreshing example of the new focus on true transparency, Col Rob Delaney, the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal, has removed a "Protected B" restriction on the NoA, thereby allowing the family of Cpl Stuart Langridge, and the public, to see the report from the Military Police Complaints Commission into the handling of the investigation into Cpl Langridge's suicide death.

Mar 09, 2015

Canadian commandos who were gunned down by Kurdish soldiers at a checkpoint in nothern Iraq on Friday night had visited the same location earlier and arranged a series of code words to pave the way for their return that evening but came upon one checkpoint in the village of Bashiq, where a Kurdish soldier instead, opened fire on the group.

Mar 09, 2015

The radical gunmen who launched terror attacks in Ottawa, Paris and Copenhagen were all linked to the broader Islamist terrorist movement in Iraq and Syria.

Mar 06, 2015

Canadian soldiers were mistakenly engaged by Iraqi Kurdish forces following their return to an observation post behind the front lines. Killed in action was Sgt Andrew Joseph Doiron, from the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, based at Garrison Petawawa, Ontario. Three other members were injured in the incident and are receiving medical care for their injuries. Minister Jason Kenny issued a statement extending deepest sympathies to the family and confirms Canada's commitment to the mission to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces in their fight against the so-called Islamic State fighters.

Mar 06, 2015

Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit to obstruct an assault by Shia militiamen and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns.

Mar 05, 2015

After 40-years of service to Canada, the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson, has informed the Prime Minister that he "would like to retire at the end of [his] three year tenure as Chief of the Defence Staff." Gen Lawson will remain in his position until a replacement can be named.

Mar 05, 2015

As part of the federal infrastructure investments, Associate Minister of National Defence, Julian Fantino, has announced support for the Canadian Armed Forces to improve critical infrastructure. 17 Wing Winnipeg will see repair and upgrades to military housing and hangar doors ($452 million), plus the replacement of sewers and roadways over the next two years (approx. $13.1 million). 4 Wing Cold Lake will see the construction of a new Health Services Centre, as well as improvements and repair of housing units. Repairs will also be made to the 4 Wing airfield.

Mar 05, 2015

Fredericton has arrived in the Black Sea to participate in joint NATO training exercises and maritime situational awareness operations with warships from several allied and partner nations. During the month of March, HMCS Fredericton and the five other allied warships currently assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 are in the Black Sea to enhance maritime security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe.

Mar 05, 2015

U.S. officials sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations of a substantial preliminary nuclear deal with Iran by the March deadline while working to move past the political dust kicked up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism of an emerging agreement's contours.

Mar 05, 2015

Protesters from the U.K. branch of the German group PEGIDA, which opposes what it calls the 'Islamization' of Europe, face off with police last weekend in Newcastle, England. A new Quebec branch of the group is set to hold its first rally on March 28 in Montreal.

Mar 04, 2015

Iraqi army soldiers and Shia militiamen are seeking to encircle Islamic State fighters in Tikrit, on the third day of a major operation to retake the city.

Mar 04, 2015

The FBI said on Wednesday it had detained the person it believes fired shots near the National Security Agency headquarters on Tuesday and was responsible for several Maryland highway shootings. No injuries of NSA personnel were reported.

Mar 04, 2015

The government of South Sudan has warned that the imposition of any US-backed sanctions would be counter-productive and harm the peace process.

Mar 03, 2015

The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany have agreed to send OSCE observers to areas of Ukraine where violations of a truce have been reported.

Mar 03, 2015

Iraqi government forces say they have retaken some districts around Tikrit in their fight to recapture the city from Islamic State militants. A force of about 30,000 troops and militia are said to be attacking on different fronts, backed by air strikes from Iraqi jets.

Mar 03, 2015

Nigerian Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram has taken a page out of the ISIS playbook, releasing a new video Monday of two prisoner beheadings so similar to clips posted by the Middle East jihadist group that experts now believe the terror groups are working together.

Mar 03, 2015

Nineteen of an estimated 220 members of an Assyrian Christian community kidnapped by Islamic State in north-eastern Syria on February 23, have been released in exchange for a sum of money some reports say.

Mar 02, 2015

Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government.

Mar 02, 2015

Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadists in and around Tikrit on Monday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group's main strongholds.

Mar 02, 2015

Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his government would stop dealing with Turkey as it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli.

Feb 26, 2015

Kurdish militia pressed a big offensive against ISIS in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group that recently beheaded 21 Egyptian Copts.

Feb 19, 2015

Systems Integration, is recognized worldwide by the global shipbuilding community as THE most complex and intricate aspect of building naval warships. Other countries choose among the most experienced systems integrators as their Prime Contractors for such a build. Not Canada. Thanks to PWGSC's shipbuilding contracting inexperience, they have chosen a shipbuilder with no internal Systems Integration experience to lead the entire project. How inexperienced? PWGSC's choice did not even have facilities to handle such a project until the recent upgrades on their shipyard infrastructure, which had fallen into disrepair after decades of low activity.

Feb 25, 2015

Residents of an apartment building in NDG were woken to the sound of sirens coming from down bellow. All cars in the parking garage had been vandalized with red swastikas painted on them and broken windshields. Other items had been left behind as well as a bullet inside the car with a note that said that one of theses will be in your head.

Feb 25, 2015

A Palestinian mosque was set alight in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday and graffiti in Hebrew at the scene suggested the attack was carried out by a far-right Israeli group, officials said. No one was hurt in the overnight attack.

Feb 24, 2015

In an hour-long video posted to YouTube over the weekend, the al-Qaeda-linked terror group recapped its attack on Kenya’s upscale Westgate Mall in 2013 that left 67 people dead. A man whose face is concealed by a headscarf then calls for similar attacks on shopping malls in the United States, Europe and Canada, including the massive West Edmonton Mall. Despite the threat, many shoppers still visited the mall Monday.

Feb 23, 2015

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said the Army's nascent vehicle modernization strategy calls for each formation to have a balance of mobility, protection and lethality for its mission.

Feb 23, 2015

It’s still quiet on the CF-18 front in Iraq, at least for now. The Canadian Forces doesn’t have any new updates on bombing runs. Feb. 13 was the last one (at least publicly released) with the jets leading other coalition fighter planes in an attack on a building suspected of being used by ISIL to make improvised explosive devices or IED which Canadian Navy Capt. Paul Forget of Canadian Joint Operations Command said Thursday, that the attack on the IED factory was significant in measuring success.

Feb 23, 2015

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter intends to examine the intellectual underpinnings of the strategy against IS, including the bombing campaigns and their connection to broader political and regional goals, a senior defense official said.

Feb 23, 2015

Canada’s Army will have to increase the size of its equipment management team for the Leopard 2 family.

Feb 23, 2015

Toronto police are joining some of the regional forces in doing an end run around police scanners, forever changing the way media gather news.

Feb 19, 2015

Following extensive training alongside their British military counterparts, a second group of CAF personnel departed the UK for Kerry Town, Sierra Leone. Operation SIRONA provides continued support to efforts combating the Ebola epidemic. This rotation will relieve the first group of CAF military doctors, nurses, medics, and support staff at the UK’s Kerry Town Treatment Unit (KTTU). The command team, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Gary O’Neil, will remain in place and oversee a detailed handover period. Canadians, alongside British counterparts, are providing essential medical care to local and international healthcare workers and local nationals.

Feb 18, 2015

Islamic State militants hope to flood the north African state with militiamen from Syria and Iraq, who will then sail across the Mediterranean posing as migrants on people trafficking vessels as a "gateway" to wage war across the whole of southern Europe.

Feb 17, 2015

Intense artillery exchanges between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists persisted around a strategic town in eastern Ukraine - fighting that threatens to dash a ceasefire deal brokered by European leaders last week.

Feb 17, 2015

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has signed a deal with India to receive training for his country’s civilian nuclear program, a sign of improving ties as he looks to reduce the island nation’s dependence on China.

Feb 17, 2015

At least seven civilians, including three children, have been killed in Egyptian air strikes in northeast Libya. The bombings came as Cairo vowed to find those responsible for the beheadings of twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians kidnapped by fighters pledging allegiance to ISIL in Libya’s Sirte.

Feb 17, 2015

Canada’s air and ground mission battling Islamic State extremists in Iraq has cost $122 million so far, new figures show.

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.

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