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Canada’s goals in upcoming Mali mission are murky

By Scott Taylor      

If we are in it, it should be to win it. Otherwise it is just senseless political posturing to curry favour at the UN.

Chadian peacekeepers patrol the streets of Kidal, Mali, as part of the United Nations force there in 2016. UN photograph by Sylvain Liechti

OTTAWA—Canada will send military resources to support the ongoing United Nations peacekeeping mission in war-torn Mali, the government announced March 19. While the exact composition of Canada’s contribution to Mali has yet to be finalized, it is expected to include two heavy-lift Chinook transport helicopters, four Griffon utility helicopters, and up to 250 personnel.

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