Middle East

ISIL — Good thing the UN Security Council is there to condemn it

Nov 23, 2015
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Vimy Intel Team

On November 20, the UN Security Council “determined” that the Islamic State (ISIL) constitutes an “unprecedented” threat to international peace and security; and it called on Member States to take “all necessary measures … to prevent and suppress ISIL’s terrorist acts”.  Resolution 2249 (2015), which “reaffirmed” 14 other previous resolutions on the same or related subjects, was originally sponsored by

US special operations forces in Syria still not operating in Syria

Nov 23, 2015
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Vimy Intel Team

On October 30, the Obama administration announced that the President had authorized “no more” than 50 special operations forces to be deployed to northern Syria in a “non-combat” role. The troops would help to coordinate the efforts of local forces fighting the Islamic State in Syria, such as the main Syrian Kurdish militia group, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), and

Antalya, Turkey: Why on earth are world leaders meeting there?

Nov 11, 2015
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Vimy Intel Team

The G-20 summit meeting of world leaders is being held this weekend in Turkey, whose turn it is to host. Turkey’s capital is Ankara and its greatest city is Istanbul, but the host country has decided (as others have in the past) that leaders should meet in a congenial and relaxed location. So they picked a place that’s only about

Leadership profile: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Aug 28, 2015
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The Vimy Report

Sometimes it seems the only changes in the world are for the worse. The following is the first in a series of biographical profiles of international leaders whose actions seem destined to leave conditions better than they found them. THE PRESIDENT OF EGYPT, ABDEL FATTAH EL-SISI Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is the army general who rose from relative obscurity to being

Afghanistan diary: Still a very difficult time ahead

Jun 16, 2015
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Omar Samad

Afghanistan’s national unity government (NUG) is struggling to avoid deadlock while facing serious challenges on several fronts. Afghans are looking for reassurance that the gains of the past 14 years won’t be negotiated away as a result of political expediency and regional deal-making. Nine months ago, there was a sense of hope and relief after a unique form of government

Canada’s unknown peacekeeping mission

Jun 02, 2015
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It is the most important international peacekeeping mission anywhere in the world today. It may also be the most successful in history. After four wars in the Middle East and all the turmoil which followed, it has helped to keep the peace between Israel and Egypt for 35 years. It’s called the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission — and

Foreign Fighters Becoming Disillusioned with ISIS

Apr 09, 2015
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The Vimy Report

Over the last couple of months, there have been reports of foreign fighters defecting from ISIS and trying to return home. A principal reason for their disillusionment appears to be the realization that ISIS is not the noble cause they signed up for. British, French and Dutch news outlets have all carried stories of their nationals becoming disenchanted with the

The Terror of the Terrorists

Mar 30, 2015
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Nicole Morgan, PhD

The Terror of the Terrorists Nicole Morgan, Ph.D In November 2014, two young women from Montreal were reported missing by their families who feared they had joined the Islamic State in Syria.  Two is hardly a trend, but according to Amarnath Amarasingam, a post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University who has been studying the issue, theirs is not an isolated case.

A Military Perspective of Canada’s Mission in Iraq

Mar 30, 2015
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BGen (ret) Dr. James S. Cox

A MILITARY PERSPECTIVE OF CANADA’S MISSION IN IRAQ By Jim Cox The Government has asked for House of Commons support to extend Canada’s military mission in Iraq to October 2016, and to expand the reach of Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) air operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to targets in Syria. There would be

Canada is not at War in Iraq (and Combat is a Noun not an Adjective)

Feb 17, 2015
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BGen (ret) Dr. James S. Cox

Matthew Fisher had it right. The recent parliamentary discussion over the role of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in Iraq is largely foolish and naïve. There has been too much politicking, too much talking, and not enough thinking. While recognizing that the central issue revolved around Opposition attempts to score political points by claiming Prime Minister Harper apparently misled Parliament