Killing of Iranian general sparks concerns for safety of Canadian troops

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OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says the safety of Canadians in the Middle East is the government’s “paramount concern” after an American airstrike killed a top Iranian general.

Gen. Qassem Soleimani was the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and was killed last night in Baghdad, Iraq.

There are 850 Canadian Forces members deployed throughout Iraq, in efforts to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and to train Iraqi forces.

Champagne is calling on “all sides” to be restrained and to pursue de-escalation.

A former foreign-policy adviser to the Canadian government says the government is right to be concerned.

Shuvaloy Majumdar says retaliation from the general’s supporters is likely and those attacks might be directed not just at Americans, but all westerners in the region.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 3, 2020.

The Canadian Press

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hope all Canadian military returns home safe. My son-in-law is serving in harms way because of the clown in the White House.

  2. Just when we thought that the chronic liar Drumpf couldn’t be any dumber he goes and does this somehow thinking it will help him be more popular and be reelected. Well it backfired and he is wishing he never did it now because Americans will suffer repercussions ten thousand fold for this act of stupidity by this dumb dictator wannabe. He should be committed before he starts a world war.

    • Please tell us how this has backfired. Two murderous terrorists are dead. That alone leaves the world a better place. How will repercussions be 10-thousand fold. Please explain as you apparently are much more versed in international dynamics than anyone else.
      If you have to resort to childish name calling your opinion is basically irrelevant.

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