Canadian soldiers hunker down in Iraq amid differing U.S. military, NATO messages
Hundreds of Canadian soldiers were hunkered down on military bases in Iraq on Monday, their missions suspended due to security concerns, as the U.S. and NATO offered contradictory messages about the future involvement of western forces in the war-torn country. The Canadians were on high alert against any attack following the killing of an Iranian general by the U.S. over the weekend, which had prompted threats of retaliation from Tehran and calls from Iraq’s parliament and outgoing prime minister for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
The commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and widely considered the second-most powerful leader in Iran after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian Maj.-Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed by a U.S. drone near the Baghdad airport Friday night.
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By Lee Berthiaume The Canadian Press
Updated January 6, 2020 10:36 pm