Post COVID-19, the need for Canada to continue its engagement in the Middle East isn’t likely to abate, and the demand for our military expertise won’t fade away either.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, pictured Jan. 16, 2020, being briefed on the Joint Task Force-IMPACT and the Canadian Armed Forces' presence in the Middle East by JTF-I Commander, Brig.-Gen. Michel-Henri St-Louis during a visit to Camp Canada at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait. Prior to the onset of COVID-19, some 1,000 Canadian military personnel were serving across the Middle East in various missions in Iraq, the Sinai Peninsula, at Canada’s Operational Support Hub in Kuwait, on several UN assignments and in our embassies. And overall, the security situation they face today is as bad as it ever was, writes Chris Kilford.
Photograph courtesy of DND/Cpl. Jerome Lessard