Kurdish, Iraqi, Shiite, and Turkish forces have different and sometimes conflicting aims. Mix into this the disputed control of oil revenue, and things are going to get messy.
A Kurdish peshmerga soldier participates in a training exercise near Erbil, Iraq last year. Canada is doing risky business in getting tangled up in Kurdish politics, argues Scott Taylor. U.S. Army photograph by Spc. Tristan Bolden
OTTAWA—With an allied force—including an undisclosed number of Canadian special-forces operatives—closing in on Daesh’s stronghold in Mosul, the complex regional conflict in Iraq is getting murkier by the minute.
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David MacNaughton 'made it a priority' to understand who the key U.S. influencers were and which Canadian would be best to deliver the message, says former PMO Canada-U.S. war room staffer Diamond Isinger.