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National Defence committee  Thank you, Madam Chair, for allowing me the opportunity to answer that question beyond the security aspects. What is clear is that the rise and success of Daesh, the Islamic State, not only in Iraq but across the world, is something that will be preoccupying us for a very long

March 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Sandra McCardell

National Defence committee  Certainly, the situation that has brought Turkey into this question around Operation Impact is, of course, the situation in Syria, specifically in Idlib. Certainly, there have been discussions under way at NATO to look at how that organization can work with Turkey. There have b

March 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Sandra McCardell

National Defence committee  I will leave that part for the general to respond to.

March 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Sandra McCardell

National Defence committee  There's a lot we can say. Let me start with a broader framework and then we'll take it back to some of the security issues. I think it's clear. The general mentioned earlier on that we've had a commitment of $3.5 billion from 2016 through to 2021. It's a very significant commit

March 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Sandra McCardell

National Defence committee  Thank you for your question. As far as refugees are concerned, Syria unfortunately continues to produce refugees on a daily basis. On our screens and in the newspapers, we are seeing the harmful effect of what is currently happening in Idlib. The flow of refugees continues, with

March 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Sandra McCardell

National Defence committee  Thank you. If I may say so, “evolving” is probably the key word for this. As the general alluded to earlier, a few months ago we saw demonstrations in Iraq. They were cross-sectarian and, quite frankly, in those, consular generals of the Iranian government were attacked. That is

March 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Sandra McCardell

National Defence committee  I'll start and then my colleagues can continue on the military aspects. We do have relationships at the regional level in Iraq. Much of our programming since 2016 has taken place outside the capital city. We have worked with governance, particularly on decentralization of power

March 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Sandra McCardell

National Defence committee  The biggest threat for peace and security in the Middle East.... This will give me the opportunity to just inform you that, as we mentioned earlier, the Middle East strategy through which we have been working will come to a conclusion at the end of fiscal year 2020-21. In fact, w

March 9th, 2020Committee meeting

Sandra McCardell