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Canadian chief of new NATO Iraq mission embarking on a fool’s errand

By Scott Taylor      

Training more Iraqis to kill in the name of a corrupt regime is insane.

Major-General Dany Fortin speaks at a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on June 13, 2017. He was recently named the new commander of a Canadian-led training mission in Iraq. U.S. Army photograph by Sgt. Youtoy Martin

OTTAWA—Last week, the Department of National Defence conducted a round of media interviews to introduce Major-General Dany Fortin as the new commander of a Canadian-led NATO training mission in Iraq. The prime minister announced on July 11 when he was in Europe for a NATO leaders’ summit that Canada would provide headquarters personnel, four Griffon helicopters, and up to 250 soldiers to form the nucleus of a NATO training base near Baghdad.

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