Iraq and Ukraine military missions extended

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Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced this week that the mission of about 200 Canadian Forces personnel in Ukraine will be extended to the end of March 2022.

Canada is extending its military missions in Iraq and Ukraine, both of which were due to expire at the end of the month.

The forces have been involved in Ukraine since September 2015, helping train the country’s military, which is battling Russian-backed separatist forces.

Canada will extend the Canadian Forces’ contribution to the Global Coalition Against Daesh and the NATO mission in Iraq, until the end of March 2021.

Canada has about 500 military members in Iraq, including 200 who are part of a NATO training mission and 120 special forces who have been helping Iraqi forces root out Islamic State insurgents around the northern city of Mosul.

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Freeland said Canada will host an international conference on Ukraine’s economy and political reforms in July that will include foreign ministers from the European Union, the G7 and NATO countries. -CINEWS

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