Canada Will Leave Iraq If Iraq Demands It Says Sajjan

Defence Minister says government is “listening” to concerns of Iraqi government.

Canadian troops will leave Iraq if the Iraqi government demands it says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.

Sajjan said “obviously the Iraqi government has concerns,” and he told reporters that Canada and our allies were “listening to those concerns” and seeking to address them.

Added Sajjan, “We are there at the request of the Iraqi government. If they were to change that, we do have to respect that.”

Sajjan says ISIS still poses a threat:

“rest assured that one of the things we have discussed is that we need to continue on this mission because … even though they do not control territory, they (ISIL) pose a risk in the region.”

As I’ve said before, Canada should already be leaving Iraq. It’s become increasingly clear that Iraq no longer wants troops in the country. More importantly, Canada is unable to even defend our own Northern territory, even as China and Russia build up their arctic military presence:

“Simply put, Iraq is becoming an Iranian proxy state, and there’s no need for Canadians to be put at risk on the ground for a nation that quite honestly doesn’t want us there.

Additionally, our military is basically in tatters, with worn out equipment meaning Canada can’t justify putting our under equipped troops in danger.

Finally, our own northern territory is basically undefended. With China and Russia building up their arctic forces, and seeking a piece of the potential trillions of dollars in wealth waiting to be unlocked in the region, it’s clear that our national interest would best be served by focusing our money and resources on strengthening our forces here at home within our own borders.”

So, Sajjan is right to be saying that Canada will leave if Iraq demands it. But we shouldn’t even be waiting for that. It’s time to leave now and protect our own country here at home.

Spencer Fernando

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Pat

I totally agree with you and I believe the majority of Canadians do as well. Hopefully our military comes home soon.

Mark

If we ever have to “protect our own country here at home”, militarily, it’s because we let things get too far wrong elsewhere.

Smashing Daesh and similar threats overseas is far easier, cheaper, and less risky that trying to root out their elements here, or imitators.

Beating them on their own turf is the most effective means of reducing their recruiting efforts.

Leaving them alone to thrive only encourages them to grow.

Ignoring threats, or appeasing them, never, ever works.

NancyW

Except that it was brought to Canada now too – even look at the nuclear plant in Pickering giving a false alarm – everyone here thought it had been attacked until they said it was an emergency practice drill, but who can believe our government with the bought out lieberal media, thousands of iodine pills were bought, people were that scared and knowing that our military is not competently supplied for and supported by Canada or that there are not enough of them here, to protect our own country if military protection was needed here. We have great police on… Read more »

Halgaunt

It is little wonder that Canada’s Armed Forces is in “tatters”. One would expect nothing less with a gutless, spineless, coward leading the country. And the only reason that the US will ever have Canada’s back is simply to protect itself from China and Russian. If it was not for the US, Canadians would all be speaking either German, Russian or Chinese now.

pancake rachel corrie

Who is saijan?

Clive Edwards

At one time Canadians put their lives on the line to support the British Empire. Now we are putting our lives on the line to support the American Empire. Let’s stop kidding ourselves about what we are doing overseas. Canada is best served by being a self sufficient trading nation and an honest broker. We need to support Canadians in Canada. Why even involve ourselves trying to steal oil in foreign countries when we have more that enough to supply half the world’s needs right here at home? Or are we afraid to say no to the Americans out of… Read more »

Gary major

Get out of Iraq now Canada needs It’s troops home not in some dysfunctional Arab country!