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Canada enters dangerous year-long peacekeeping mission in Mali, Conservatives still want House debate and vote

By Neil Moss      

The Canadian peacekeeping mission could be tasked to any part of Mali, but likely will stay in their medical evacuation post in northeastern Mali, according to Canada's commanding officer in Mali.

Maj.-Gen. Amadou Kane, MINUSMA's deputy force commander, pictured on July 31, 2018, handing the United Nations' flag to Col. Chris McKenna in a change of command from Germany to Canada at a parade at Camp Castor in Gao, Mali. Photograph courtesy of Department of National Defence/Corporal Ken Beliwicz

Canada started its year-long, dangerous peacekeeping mission in Mali on Aug. 1 aimed at bringing peace and stability to the northwestern African nation which has been gripped by war since 2012, but the Conservative defence critic says it’s unclear if the mission is in Canada’s national interest and that he will push for a debate and a House vote when the Commons returns in September.

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