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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – November 17, 2014

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  • Latest “boom-boom” update from the Pentagon Info-machine  “…. In Syria, nine airstrikes near Kobani destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, suppressed another ISIL fighting position, destroyed four ISIL staging areas, and struck one tactical ISIL unit. Two airstrikes near Dayr Az Zawr struck an ISIL crude oil collection facility and destroyed one ISIL tank.  In Iraq, four airstrikes near Ar Rutbah destroyed nine ISIL trucks, two ISIL excavators and one ISIL front-loader, and damaged one ISIL vehicle. Three airstrikes near Fallujah destroyed two ISIL vehicles, one ISIL bulldozer and one ISIL front-loader. One airstrike southwest of Mosul Dam destroyed one ISIL bulldozer and struck one tactical ISIL unit. Two airstrikes west of Mosul struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed one ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position. Three airstrikes near Kirkuk struck one tactical ISIL unit, and damaged one ISIL tank and destroyed another. One airstrike southwest of Al Qaim destroyed one ISIL vehicle. One airstrike in Tel Afar struck one tactical ISIL unit. Five airstrikes near Bayji struck two tactical ISIL units and one large ISIL unit and destroyed one ISIL tank, one ISIL vehicle, and four ISIL fighting positions ….”
  • Commentary  “CF-18s fly a lot, don’t hit much”
  • “Minister knew Canada wouldn’t meet Syrian refugee commitment”
  • Iraq Situation Report: November 14-16, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – November 16, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – November 14, 2014

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Attacks on CF in Canada

  • “Baird says attacks bolstered resolve — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the fight against terrorism has become the “great struggle of our generation” as the country deals with the fallout of attacks last month on its military.  The attacks have bolstered Canada’s resolve to battle terrorism as the country participates in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, he said ….”

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – October 8, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – October 6, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – May 22, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – February 26, 2014

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  • Please do what you can to spread the message that folks who are having a tough time don’t have to suffer alone – #sendupthecount – more here on Facebook and here at milnet.ca (Disclosure:  I’m a moderator at Milnet.ca)
  • Tory MP in House of Commons on how well Canada treats vets  “Mr. Speaker, having served 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and being a veteran myself, I rise in the House today to highlight what our government is doing to support our veterans.  We have increased funding from $2.8 billion to $3.6 billion in under 10 years. We have cut red tape and have ensured that 90% of Veterans Affairs funding goes directly to programs and services for veterans and their families.  We have made services easier to access through Service Canada offices.  In my riding of Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, in Hawkesbury specifically, veterans will no longer have to travel an hour and a half to Ottawa because they will now have access to a nearby Service Canada office.  Yes, it is clear that our government supports veterans. Canadians have not forgotten what these brave men and women have done to serve our great country, and neither have we.”
  • From the Info-machine  “The fourth annual mental health resiliency training session, in which more than 150 military family services providers are present, is being held this week at the NAV Centre in Cornwall. The goal of the training session is to enhance the availability and quality of mental health services at Military Family Resource Centres, in direct support of military families. The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, sent the following message to training participants today ….”
  • Point  “Harper Cares More About Dead Veterans Than Living Ones”
  • Counterpoint  “…. The author …. had choice words about our government’s work to give injured veterans first crack at federal job opportunities for which they are qualified. While unions like the Public Service Alliance of Canada are publicly opposed to giving veterans this important opportunity to continue serving their country, we have made it a priority to assist veterans in making the all-important transition to civilian life. We also work closely with corporate Canada to ensure they have the information needed to tap into their invaluable skill sets ….”
  • Ukraine (1)  A bit more specific of a denial from Russia’s ambassador to Canada  “…. Georgiy Mamedov said categorically that a Russian invasion was not in the cards, despite recent events in Kyiv that have pushed Ukraine away from renewed ties with Moscow.  “It’s very simple. We are no NATO, it’s not Libya, you won’t see any Russian troops in Ukraine,” he said.  “Whoever discusses rumours about Russian military intervention in Ukraine is committing an insult to the intellect of the Canadian public, full stop.” ….”  Unless Russia says, “this isn’t Ukraine – lookit all the Russians here – this is Russia, really”, right?
  • Ukraine (2)  Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered massive exercises involving most military units in western Russia amid tensions in Ukraine Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a televised statement made at a meeting of top military brass in Moscow that the exercise is intended to “checks the troops’ readiness for action in crisis situations that threaten the nation’s military security.”  In remarks carried by Russian news agencies, Shoigu said that the manoeuvrs involve some 150,000 troops, 880 tanks, 90 aircraft and 80 navy ships.  He said the exercise is unrelated to the developments in Ukraine ….
  • Approximately 900 personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force are participating in a major fleet exercise this week until March 14, 2014, off the Eastern seaboard. This exercise will also see the contribution of United States Coast Guard vessel, USCG Campbell, and the Federal German Ship (FGS) Bonn, a Berlin-class replenishment ship ….”
  • Way Up North (1)  A C-130 Hercules is on its way to Rankin Inlet to help with the search for a 24-year-old hunter missing since Friday.  The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, Ont., says the plane should be arriving late Tuesday afternoon.  The missing hunter went out on the land on Friday and didn’t return as planned Friday evening.  Blizzard conditions in the area have delayed efforts. The weather has eased up but local searchers are concerned about the extreme cold temperatures ….”
  • Way Up North (2)  Russian intelligence troops hold anti-terrorism exercise in Arctic regions – more here in Russian, here in clunky Google English\
  • Way Up North (3)  Russia, Norway get ready for joint naval Arctic exercise – more here in Russian, here in clunky Google English
  • Way Up North (4)  From the summary of  a U.S. Congressional Research Service reportChanges in the Arctic:  Background and Issues for Congress(117 page PDF):  “…. The Arctic has increasingly become a subject of discussion among political leaders of the nations in the region. Although there is significant international cooperation on Arctic issues, the Arctic is also increasingly being viewed by some observers as a potential emerging security issue. In varying degrees, the Arctic coastal states have indicated a willingness to establish and maintain a military presence in the high north. U.S. military forces, particularly the Navy and Coast Guard, have begun to pay more attention to the region ….”
  • The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), General Tom Lawson, visited with Canadian Armed Forces’ members and community leaders today in Toronto.  During his visit, the CDS spoke to members of the Canadian Army’s 4th Canadian Division and Canadian Forces College.  The CDS also had the honour to deliver opening remarks at the Princess of Wales Theatre during the gala opening of The Two Worlds of Charlie F, a play which draws on the real life experiences of injured and wounded British soldiers who served in Afghanistan ….”
  • A reminder:  Under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “any person charged with an offence has the right …. to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.”  “The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS), the investigative arm of the Canadian Forces Military Police, has charged a Canadian Armed Forces Reserve member for sexual assault allegedly committed at the Connaught Range and Primary Training Centre in June of 2009. The training centre is located west of Ottawa, Ontario.  Captain Joseph Horvath was charged …. It is alleged that, in June of 2009, Captain Joseph Horvath sexually assaulted another Canadian Armed Forces Reserve member at the Connaught Range and Primary Training Centre ….”
  • The General’s Moving Expenses  Commentary from the deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College  “When Andrew Coyne argued on this site last week that retired military personnel, like Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie (ret.), had no place in partisan politics, he was only partially right.  As Coyne rightly suggests, it is critical that members of Canada’s armed forces in positions of leadership remain free of even the suggestion of partisan inclinations. No liberal democracy can function effectively if the loyalty of the senior military leadership to its civilian masters is in question.  But to prevent well-educated (nearly every general has a graduate degree), bilingual, successful leaders who have spent their careers sacrificing for their country from continuing to serve the state in a meaningful capacity beyond their initial retirement would deprive Canadians of the type of parliamentarians that we so desperately need ….”
  • Analysis  “In March 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper chose Afghanistan for his first official visit in office. In a bold speech to Canadian troops in Kandahar, Harper declared, “You can’t lead from the bleachers. I want Canada to be a leader.” He then launched a thinly-veiled attack on the policies of the Liberal governments of Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, declaring that Canada was “demonstrating an international leadership role, not carping from the sidelines.” Likewise, when visiting Canadian troops participating in the Libyan mission, Harper asserted that “a handful of soldiers is better than a mouthful of arguments.” …. The Tories appeared to share the beliefs of political scientist Kim Richard Nossal, who famously argued in 1998 that Canada needed “not soft power, but power period.” Instead of practicing “pulpit diplomacy” while failing to commit tangible resources, Canada had to revitalize its hard power assets to protect and advance its interests.  Now it is possible to look back on the Harper government’s rhetoric and determine whether several years of Conservative rule have effectively revitalized Canada’s hard power capabilities. In doing so we will defer to Nossal’s four pillars of statecraft: military, diplomacy, development, and intelligence ….”
  • The Lux Ex Umbra blog on Revisiting the Commissioner’s reports: It’s supernumeraryman!
  • Khadr Boy  “Canadian correctional authorities have unfairly classified former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr even though they lowered his risk rating from maximum to medium security, the federal prisons ombudsman complainsIn a letter obtained by The Canadian Press, the Office of the Correctional Investigator urges prison authorities to take into account evidence that Khadr poses minimal threat and should be classified as such.  “(Correctional Service of Canada) officials also note that there is no evidence Mr. Khadr has maintained an association with any terrorist organization,” the letter to CSC’s senior deputy commissioner states.  “It is well documented by CSC officials that Mr. Khadr is fully engaged in his correctional plan and he has actively developed a strong, pro-social network of support since his incarceration.”  The letter this month by Ivan Zinger, executive director of the independent Office of the Correctional Investigator, is the office’s third such complaint since Khadr returned to Canada from Guantanamo Bay in September 2012 to serve out the rest of an eight-year sentence for war crimes ….”
  • WW 2  “When Gordon Quan joined the army in 1944, he wanted to fight for his country — Canada.  After all, Quan was born in Cumberland and considered himself Canadian in every way.  So it was a surprise to learn in 1947 — two years after the Second World War ended — that Canada was only then granting Chinese-Canadians the right to vote. The federal government had agreed to repeal the discriminatory Chinese Immigration Act of 1923.  “We didn’t even know about any of the stuff until 1947,” Quan, now 88, said in an interview.  “When I joined the army, I was 18 years of age and born in Cumberland and thought I was Canadian,” said the Victoria resident. “We were all going to fight for our country and we didn’t know about the other stuff.”  Wartime experiences and contributions of men and women, including Quan, will be remembered beginning Thursday at the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum ….”
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