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Sending more Canadians to train Iraq’s young men how to kill is not helpful

By Scott Taylor      

Our soldiers can teach recruits drills and weapons handling, but there is no way we can make them willing to die for a corrupt regime.

Two Griffon helicopters fly above Iraqi villages as part of Canada's now-suspended mission in northern Iraq in 2016. The prime minister announced a new training mission based out of Baghdad last week. Photograph courtesy of DND

OTTAWA—Last week, on the eve of the NATO leaders’ summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced to reporters that Canada would assume command of a mission to train Iraqi military personnel. This is to involve approximately 250 Canadian soldiers and include an air detachment of four Griffon utility helicopters.

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