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Amid U.S.-Iran brinksmanship, Canadian troops ought to leave Iraq

By Scott Taylor      

The root causes of the ongoing violent strife in Iraq will not be rectified by training thousands more young Iraqi males how to kill.

A Canadian door-gunner surveys the ground below during a CH-146 Griffon helicopter flight near Erbil, Iraq on March 2, 2017 as part of Canada’s mission in the country. Photograph courtesy of U.S. Combat Camera

gOTTAWA—Almost unmentioned in Canadian mainstream media is the steadily escalating tension between the United States and Iran. In recent days, the Pentagon has deployed an additional aircraft carrier battle group and strategic air assets to the Persian Gulf region, citing an increased, albeit undefined, threat from Iran. The Americans have also taken the unusual step of withdrawing all unnecessary personnel from their massive embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

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