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Why Canada and its allies are taking their time to defeat Daesh

By Scott Taylor      

A hornet’s nest presents a nuisance. But if you whack and smash that hornet’s nest you are going to have a much bigger problem.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has defended the Canadian military's decision not to reveal details of Canada's mission in Iraq for security reasons. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Last Thursday, the Department of National Defence held a press conference in Ottawa to report that Canadian special forces soldiers have engaged in combat in northern Iraq in recent days. They did not use the actual “c” word to describe the combat; they simply acknowledged that Canadian soldiers returned fire after being shot at by fighters from Daesh (the militant group also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Islamic State). That, by the way, is combat. No exact details

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