October 21, 2015

Trudeau abandons war on terror, will end airstrikes against ISIS

Rebel Staff

And so it begins.

Justin Trudeau has confirmed he will withdraw Canadian CF-18 fighter jets from the international coalition air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

Prime Minister-delegate Trudeau informed U.S. President Barack Obama of his decision to end Canada’s aerial engagement in the region shortly after leading his Liberal Party to victory in Monday’s general election.

In his first telephone conversation with President Obama, Trudeau informed the president that he would make good on his campaign pledge to withdraw Canadian jets from theatre.

“I committed that we would continue to engage in a responsible way that understands how important Canada has a role to play in the fight against ISIL, but he [Barack Obama] understands the commitments I’ve made around ending the combat mission,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa on Tuesday.

He has not yet provided a timescale for the withdrawal, however.

“We will be moving forward with our campaign commitments in a responsible fashion,” Trudeau remarked. “We want to ensure the transition is done in an orderly fashion.”

The ex-high school drama teacher has promised to provide humanitarian aid in Iraq and Syria and have the Canadian Armed Forces engage in training missions, not bombing operations.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest stated on Tuesday morning that outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper can also expect a call from Obama in the near future, according to the CBC.

“Our bilateral relationship has enhanced the security and prosperity of the American people and we certainly are appreciative of Prime Minister Harper’s efforts to strengthen that relationship, and we look forward to building on that kind of progress when Mr. Trudeau takes over the Prime Minister’s Office.”

Since the Fall of 2014, Canadian aircraft involved in the Canadian Armed Forces' contribution to the Middle East Stabilization Force (MESF), designated Operation Impact, have conducted 1637 sorties.

Canada's six deployed CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft, one CC-150T Polaris aerial refuelling aircraft, two CP-140M Aurora surveillance aircraft and accompanying support elements have struck ISIS at its core. ISIS has reportedly lost the ability to operate freely in 25 to 30 per cent of populated areas of Iraqi territory it previously controlled.

 

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) during Operation IMPACT

 

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commented 2015-10-21 15:28:23 -0400
The U.S. doesn’t like Russia attacking the “moderate rebels”. Sorry Obama but your “moderate rebels” are just another group of radical islamic terrorists that you gladly arm to do your dirty work for now.
commented 2015-10-21 15:26:08 -0400
He hasn’t even been sworn in yet and already turning his back on our allies. Oh well, I guess he figures it’s okay since it’s between one Muslim & another.
commented 2015-10-21 15:25:01 -0400
So to recap:
- Trudeau promises during his campaign to withdraw our forces from the international coalition air strikes;
- Canadian voters elect a Liberal majority;
- Trudeau announces that he will withdraw our forces from the international coalition air strikes.
In other words, the Prime Minister elect is doing what he promised to do.
commented 2015-10-21 15:20:56 -0400
What’s the big news here? Trudeau promised to end the combat mission if elected so he is simply keeping his word. The Liberals won a majority government so it seems plenty of Canadians had no problem voting for him knowing his position. Besides, it seems Russia has accomplished more against ISIS in the past month than have the United States, Canada and the rest of the coalition have in the past year so maybe we should let the Russian and her allies deal with the terrorists, they seem to be doing a much better job at it!
commented 2015-10-21 15:15:06 -0400
Peter,

I was responding to Brian’s post. But feel free to respond to mine.
commented 2015-10-21 15:10:30 -0400
First decisive action as PM! Canada surrenders unconditionally!
This is going to be a long four years.
commented 2015-10-21 15:00:14 -0400
What a dumbass move, and this will come back to haunt Junior, when the beheadings from the religion of evil, start here in our Canada. I think the public will turn on him with a vengeance!
commented 2015-10-21 14:48:10 -0400
Thank you Jimmy for posting your comment meant specifically for the small group of people here. Since you are always telling us that no one knows about theRebel, then the comment was obviously meant for us .. to provoke response from us. Be a man and admit it, Jimmy.
commented 2015-10-21 14:28:15 -0400
Mr. Trudeau, your actions are very “Chamberlain-like”, but what we need in the fight against ISIS is a Churchill…

Maybe you could start a twitter campaign to stop them?
commented 2015-10-21 14:13:33 -0400
Thank you Justin Trudeau. You are doing a great job already.