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Canada to withdraw jets fighting Islamic State ‘within weeks’

Posted December 08, 2015 11:40:59

Canada’s new Liberal government will act inside weeks to fulfil a campaign promise to withdraw six fighter jets that have been attacking Islamic State (IS) positions in Iraq and Syria, the foreign ministry says.

The Liberals, who took energy final month, say Canada can contribute more efficiently to the US-led campaign against the militants by assigning much more troops to train Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq.

“It is a matter of weeks, not months,” foreign minister Stephane Dion told reporters when asked when the jets would be pulled out.

Mr Dion’s comments have been the most distinct so far from a cabinet member about when the planes would return residence.

“We’re carrying out two per cent of the air strikes. We’re going to do something more effective for the coalition,” he mentioned.

Diplomatic sources say the United States, France and Britain have privately expressed their unease about Canada’s pledge on the grounds it could undermine the effort to contain the IS group.

The Liberals of prime minister Justin Trudeau took workplace following defeating the Conservatives, who took the choice to send the jets and trainers to the Middle East.

In Parliament on Monday, the Conservatives noted that when US president Barack Obama on Sunday cited close allies who had been taking element in the operations against Islamic State, he had not described Canada.

“Why is the prime minister stepping back from the fight when our allies are stepping up?” asked interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose.

Mr Trudeau replied that he had “engaged with our allies on these problems, and they reassured me that we are continuing to be beneficial”.

Reuters

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Iraq calls on Turkey to ‘immediately’ withdraw troops sent more than the border

Posted December 05, 2015 19:48:32

The Iraqi government has demanded Turkey withdraw soldiers it sent over the border to an region in the country’s north controlled by Islamic State militants.

Turkish media reported that around 150 Turkish soldiers backed by 20 to 25 tanks had been sent by road to the Bashiqa region north-east of Mosul, the city that is the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group’s main hub in Iraq.

Peshmerga forces from Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish area are deployed in the location, and Turkey’s Anatolia news agency said the troops have been there to train them.

The Iraqi premier’s workplace named on Ankara to “right away” withdraw the troops and tanks, saying they had been deployed without Baghdad’s consent.

“The Iraqi authorities call on Turkey to … right away withdraw from Iraqi territory,” the statement mentioned.

“We have confirmation that Turkish forces, numbering about one particular armoured regiment with a quantity of tanks and artillery, entered Iraqi territory … allegedly to train Iraqi groups, without having a request or authorisation from Iraqi federal authorities.”

The deployment “is deemed a serious violation of Iraqi sovereignty.”

IS overran swathes of territory north and west of Baghdad last year, and Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes are battling to drive the jihadists back.

The Peshmerga are 1 of the most successful Iraqi forces in the anti-IS fight, but coordination in between them and the federal government in Baghdad has normally been poor.

AFP/ABC

Topics: unrest-conflict-and-war, planet-politics, foreign-affairs, government-and-politics, iraq, turkey

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