IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

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.

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.

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