April 09, 2015

Canada's war planes hit ISIS in Syria

Brian LilleyArchive

The expansion of Canada's mission against ISIS into Syria became reality Wednesday as Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced Canadian planes had struck their first targets across the Iraq-Syria border.

Kenney announced the strikes on Twitter moments before the official news release went out:

More details were revealed in the official news release including the fact that while this was the first air strike, it was not the first sortie.

National Defence revealed that three previous sorties have taken places but without striking any targets.

As for the strike Wednesday the department described it this way:

Following the planning and coordination process conducted with our coalition partners, two Canadian CF-18s, using precision-guided munitions, were involved in an airstrike against an ISIL garrison near Ar Raqqah, Syria. A total of 10 coalition aircraft, including six aircraft from the US were involved in this airstrike.

MPs voted last week to expand Canada's mission to include air strikes in Syria.

While the Conservative supported the move, the NDP and Liberals voted against it.

“This first airstrike under the expanded mandate demonstrates our Government's firm resolve to tackle the threat of terrorism against Canada and to promote international security and stability," Defence Minister Jason Kenney said in a statement.


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commented 2015-04-09 19:27:51 -0400
Stu Gatzo, I worked at Veterans Affairs probably longer than you have been alive. Let me fill you in on a few facts. During our UN mandated peace keeping operations we took more casualties than we did in our 10 years in Afghanistan. To put it in perspective the Afghan paramilitary police force that we were supporting and training took many more casualties each and every week we were there.

This fact…if there are any actual veterans out there please endorse it..is that there is NOTHING….NOTHING WHATSOEVER….that our service members resent more than being sent to a conflict zone saddled with rules of engagement that prevent them from defending themselves or the civilians they were charged with defending.

Now maybe I will get arrest for what I say next……sending someone in a blue helmet in a white jeep to confront a warlord with something like …“I am General Gaylord of the Prancing Princess Canadian Light in the Loafers Infantry and I have had it right to the tits with your macho chest beating” just doesn’t cut it.

Peace keeping forces are meant as an alternative to occupying forces…but either one is sent in after the warlord is defeated or weakened to the point of ineffectiveness.

In the situation we are now in …like it or not….we cannot allow these crazies to control the world’s oil supply…the fact that you just don’t get that shows how little you know about military policy enforcement.

I would much rather see our “peacekeepers” deployed to pipeline and other infrastructure installations here in Canada that just might actually divorce us from an obligation to fight in the Middle East. They could keep the peace with the warriors who seem to think that if they do the ghost dance that the buffalo will return to the prairie.

I tend to be passionate on this subject because I can remember an aircraft hanger filled with hundreds of thousands of files…and each and every one of those files is a story of human tragedy . Every one of those files would break your heart and bring tears to your eyes. And as the song goes…“and every tear could turn a mill…Johnny has gone for a soldier”.
commented 2015-04-09 19:03:30 -0400
This is really good news. I hope it continues, and perhaps we Canadian can aid in turning around this losing battle we face against these worse-than-Nazi terrorists.
commented 2015-04-09 18:08:21 -0400
Stu Gatzo – The stupidity of people like you never ceases to amaze me. Canadians are respected peace keepers? What do you think our role was in the Boer War in South Africa, two World Wars, the Korean War, the Falklands War, the Persian Gulf War, invasion in Afghanistan. It is unfortunate that all of the Boer War Vets, World War I Vets are gone now as well as many of the World War II Vets. I would love for you to tell them they were peace keepers. How I would enjoy being a fly on the wall. I am sure I am missing a few conflicts that Canadians were actively involved in.

Do you think we should just sit back and do nothing but watch Stu? If so, you are not a true Canadian in my eyes. We have never sat back and watched others fight for us – that is NOT Canada.
commented 2015-04-09 17:28:16 -0400
Stu Gatzo-Your point of view is insulting to me and every soldier who put a uniform on to protect this country and it’s citizens, you included. To call this country criminal and every soldier a criminal is disgusting, this I would get from a liberal or NDP because they hate the military. Justin Trudeau will do what his father did, decimate the military. To say ISIS is not bad, one has to wonder where your moral compass is pointing to even think that this is even remotely true, obviously you have not read news coverage over what ISIS has been doing, beheading children, cutting children in half, killing every human being that disagrees with what ISIS believes and when I read your diatribe it almost sounded like you were ISIS, or a supporter. to say their not bad and our soldiers are criminals, that is disgusting and warped thinking. If you think Canada is criminal as well as the soldiers then you need to find another place to live. I am a veteran of the Canadian Army and have been all over the world and visited many countries, and do you know what, a lot of them are literally criminal, no rights, no nothing. Maybe you should get out and see some parts of the world to get a better understanding of what you really have here in this country. To say you support the troops in one sentence, and say that there war criminals in another is disgusting. It’s nice to have a point of view but you don’t have to do it by calling your country and soldiers criminals when that is so far from the truth. Is your real name Angry Tom?
commented 2015-04-09 17:04:17 -0400
Very proud of Canada and our allies stepping in to protect the innocent victims of genocide, pedophilia, anarchy and sex slavery in the abscence of any moral conscience by the democrats of the USA, that is more interested in the wellbeing of our enemies, controlling the whitehouse, that would be the same here in Canada if we had the liberals or NDP controlling parliament.
commented 2015-04-09 15:55:05 -0400
Are ‘you’ like them?
commented 2015-04-09 15:54:01 -0400
But Stu..what else should we do? Sit back and talk about it?
The hippy dippy baby boomers, who are now our Supreme Court Judges and Senators, sat on 4th and Vine in love-ins in Vancouver protesting the Vietnam War. They’re now telling us to kill ourselves before we actually die – assisted suicide.
Are like them?
commented 2015-04-09 14:54:29 -0400
Why are we in Syria? Have they attacked another NATO country? Oh, I see the American funded, trained and supplied ISIS is there and we have to bomb Syria’s infrastructure to protect ISIS. After all, Assad is bad and ISIS is not as bad.
Has bumboy Harper presented any real evidence other than the usual propaganda for us to make a rational judgement on whether we should be involved in these crimes against humanity? We’re getting as much evidence regarding Syria as we got from the Ukraine fiasco he almost got us into – NONE!
Reading accounts from many foreign news sources shows us the truth and you would hold back on your applauding bombing innocent people. ISIS is never attacked by the US and its henchmen; they seem to know where not to be. Syrians (who overwhelmingly voted to keep Assad in free and open elections) are those being bombed, killed and wounded.
I support the troops but not he mission. What a shame that we’ve gone from respected peace keepers to war criminals in one generation.
commented 2015-04-09 13:31:05 -0400
Perhaps the good lads could crater Iran while there vice useless targets provided by the Western Muslim traitor.
commented 2015-04-09 13:10:41 -0400
Well Done RCAF. Real Canadians are proud of you. Trud 2 and Dullcare will be crying over the loss of their Muslim friends. Poor little Terrorists.
commented 2015-04-09 12:36:22 -0400
See…ours really are bigger than theirs. Bend over ISIS….the RCAF is in the drivers seat.
commented 2015-04-09 11:11:27 -0400
100% support
commented 2015-04-09 10:51:45 -0400
I 100% support Canadian involvement in the war against ISIS. I am forever grateful we have a leader who is not afraid to take a stand. Prayers of safety are with all our troops. We cannot sit back and watch the horror committed by this radical group. They have killed enough people and need to be stopped. Thank you Mr. Harper for making the right decision to aid in the downfall of this murderous army of terrorists.
commented 2015-04-09 10:37:53 -0400
I wish our pilots and their ground crews victory and safety.
commented 2015-04-09 10:12:07 -0400
Proud of our CF-18 pilots and support crew! Great job, guys and gals.
commented 2015-04-09 09:34:33 -0400
As Churchill said, it is time to make the rubble bounce.
commented 2015-04-09 09:14:43 -0400
I agree, Donald Allan. No way Obama should be leading this. I do still trust the military but if this sortie is like all the others, they will be directed to pull punches and let the enemy thrive. Hopefully, other members of the coalition, like the Saudis, Jordanians and Egyptians, will feel no compulsion to hold back.
commented 2015-04-09 08:51:29 -0400
A coalition lead by PM Harper would not give me any pause , save for the danger it poses to the members of our military that are involved in the action. I do not trust Obama and his whacky administration for one second to lead from behind. At htis poin tthe entire situation is chaos. But chaos could have some very nefarious intentions behind it and many are starting to doubt the current so called Commander in Chief’s true motives.
commented 2015-04-09 07:45:53 -0400
Hit them hard, real hard!