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It’s high time Canada get out of Iraq

By Scott Taylor      

We ought to pack up our soldiers there before our good intentions do any more harm to the region.

A Kurdish peshmerga soldier aims his weapon during training near Erbil, Iraq, in October 2015. Canada has shifted from training the peshmerga to Iraqi government forces. U.S. Army photograph by Spc. Tristan Bolden
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OTTAWA—On June 7, Canada’s chief of defence staff, General Jonathan Vance, told reporters that there had a been a major shift in terms of our military commitment in Iraq. At an undisclosed point in time, our special forces operatives stopped training Kurdish peshmerga militia members and began assisting Iraqi government troops. As Vance put it: “We have changed ... partners.” Given that our soldiers—up to 200 of them—are deployed in what remains a very volatile, complex conflict zone,

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