Skip to comments.Canada to deliver weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq trying to fend off ISIS
Posted on 08/16/2014 6:26:32 AM PDT by Clive
OTTAWA Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Friday he will deploy about 30 soldiers and two cargo planes to help deliver weapons and other military supplies to Kurdish forces in Iraq.
A CC-130j Hercules and a CC-177 Globemaster will transport weapons from the U.S. and its allies to the Kurdish Peshmerga who are trying to fend off "the murderous rampage" of the terrorist group ISIS, Harper said in a statement released Friday.
"Canada will not stand idly by while (ISIS) continues its murder of innocent civilians and religious minorities," Harper said.
The two planes are stationed in Cyprus and a senior government source said Canada is waiting for the go-ahead from the U.S. to begin the airlifts.
None of the weapons will be paid for or will come from Canada, an official said.
Canada announced earlier this week that it planned to send food, hygiene kits, cooking materials, blankets, tents, and medical supplies to northern Iraq.
Iraq has been plunged into its worst violence since the peak of a sectarian civil war in 2006-2007, with Sunni fighters led by ISIS overrunning large parts of the west and north, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee for their lives and threatening ethnic Kurds in their autonomous province.
Harper said Friday "this support, which will be in close co-ordination with our allies, will enable Kurdish forces to prove effective protection to Iraqis faced with the barbarous attacks" of ISIS.
“Canada will not stand idly by while (ISIS) continues its murder of innocent civilians and religious minorities,” Harper said.
Canada, just doing the work that the incompetent Progressive/Liberal/Kenyans-Americans won’t, or are not able to, do!
Yep, Canada, demonstrating moral leadership of the west since 1979. Way to go, Canada! Eh?
Next thing you know, Canada will be sending Mounties to Saint Louis and Ferguson.
“”Canada is waiting for the go-ahead from the U.S. to begin the airlifts””
Well, “you know who” will manage to screw that up for them. We need 100% photo coverage of the slaughter over there to get people’s attention here!! Every time it is reported that we are ready to help, we learn next that it was all a ploy. There aren’t enough (bad) words in the English language to describe the creep from the WH....
France and Canada are both stepping up to the plate, while the US and UK are shrinking back into the shadows.
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.
Wow, I haven’t even been following the news either. Glad to see Harper keeping it up.
That is a long trip
Well, there's your problem!
Kudos to Harper.
He should bring in the draft and then call up every bationalist socialist in the NDP and the Liberal Party, who would have voted for Barrack Obama if they lived in the USA, and send them to Irbil to save the Kurds and Yazidis.
That would bring some balance back to Canada and save us from all the jumped up socialist foolishness, draconian economic debacles, gross over taxation and governmental bankruptcy we will soon have to face here.
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