Evolution or Escalation? Canada’s Military Operation in Iraq

In a new CIPS policy brief on Canada’s war in Iraq, Roland Paris addresses the following questions: Is Canada engaged in ground combat? Have we witnessed mission creep? Why should Canada (and other Western countries) limit their participation in ground combat in Iraq? Don’t Canadian trainers need to accompany Iraqi forces to the front lines

In a new CIPS policy brief on Canada’s war in Iraq, Roland Paris addresses the following questions:

  • Is Canada engaged in ground combat?
  • Have we witnessed mission creep?
  • Why should Canada (and other Western countries) limit their participation in ground combat in Iraq?
  • Don’t Canadian trainers need to accompany Iraqi forces to the front lines in order to perform their ‘advise and assist’ role?
  • If there are no front lines in the Iraq war, does it make sense to talk about training Iraqi forces ‘away’ from the front lines?
  • Is Canada doing enough to support the training of Iraqi forces?
  • Should Canada renew its six-month mission in April?
  • Should Canada continue its air combat mission?
  • Beyond deploying combat forces, what else could Canada do to address the problem of violent extremism int he world?

Read the full policy brief



Paris also addressed many of these questions in a debate on TVO’s The Agenda on Friday, January 23.

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