January 20, 2015

Canadian Firefight in Iraq Indicates U.S. Mission Slip

In an instant, the Canadian Special Forces, who were only in Iraq to train the Iraqi Army to fight ISIL, found themselves in a firefight with jihadists. Canadian Brigadier General Michael Rouleau told AFP, “My troops had completed a planning session with senior Iraqi leaders several kilometers behind the front lines. When they moved forward to confirm the planning at the front lines in order to visualize what they had discussed over a map, they came under immediate and effective mortar and machine gunfire.” It took some Canadian sniping to “neutralize both threats,” according to the general, which we infer means Canadian snipers – boots on the ground – sent a few ISIL soldiers to meet their 72 virgins. Increasingly, the 2,200 American soldiers who also advise Iraqi troops are coming under ISIL mortar fire themselves. If the distinction between Obama’s military advisers who have “no boots on the ground” and active soldiers is a firefight, America is creeping towards another campaign in Iraq. More…

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