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Finally, some clarity on Canada’s foreign fighter problem

By Phil Gurski      

As a retired CSIS analyst, I am trying to do what I can to provide context. It’s nice to see a current government official do the same. More of this please.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told a crowd in Regina that in fact the number is 250, about half into Syria, Iraq and Turkey, he said, and the rest into Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of north and east Africa. A few Canadian academics applauded the release of more information. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

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