Canada’s top general, defence minister talk ISIS with US officials

WATCH: Military leaders from 20 countries met to talk about a plan to fight ISIS. Just when it seemed the threat couldn’t become more complex, internal tensions in Iraq, Syria and Turkey could force the West to rethink its strategy. Jackson Proskow reports.

OTTAWA – The country’s top military commander says more information is expected this week about the unfolding campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Gen. Tom Lawson represented Canada at a White House meeting Tuesday where coalition partners discussed the mission against the terrorist network that has seized a vast swath of territory in Iraq and Syria.

“This meeting focused on the planning and implementation of coalition strategies to combat (ISIS)” Lawson said in a statement. “We look forward to providing further information on the planning of the mission later this week.”

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Canada’s contribution to the U.S.-led campaign will include six CF-18 fighters, a Polaris aerial refueller and two Aurora surveillance aircraft.

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Military advisers from Canada have also been assisting Iraqi forces in the battle against ISIS.

The Pentagon has been hosting two days of meetings where coalition countries are co-ordinating strategy.

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Separately, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson met Sunday with U.S. counterpart Chuck Hagel on the sidelines of a defence conference in Lima, Peru.

Most of the meeting was taken up with discussion about ISIL, according to defence officials on both sides of the border.

In a statement, Nicholson said Canada remains “very concerned” with the group’s growing presence throughout the Middle East, as well as the “direct threat” of terrorism at home and abroad.

A Pentagon spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby, says the two also discussed the increasing number of foreign fighters who are flocking to ISIS.


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