Montreal (AFP) Canada aims to deploy peacekeepers backed by helicopters to join UN Blue Helmets in Mali in August, the country’s defense minister said on Sunday. A date had not previously been set by Ottawa, which announced last week that it would send an infantry unit and military trainers along with helicopters to the west African country for 12 months to support an ongoing UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA). “We’re looking at right now this summer. We’re aiming for August,” Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan told CTV, acknowledging that Mali “has becomeRead More
Ottawa (AFP) Canada will deploy an infantry unit and military trainers along with attack and transport helicopters to Mali for 12 months in support of an ongoing UN peacekeeping mission, the government announced Monday. “The task force will include two Chinook helicopters to provide much-needed transport and logistics capability, as well as four armed Griffin helicopters for armed escort and protection,” Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan told a news conference. A date for Canada’s first military deployment in Africa since its troubled missions to Rwanda and Somalia in the 1990s andRead More
Ottawa (AFP) Canadian peacekeepers backed by helicopters will join UN Blue Helmets in the troubled west African nation of Mali before autumn, a government source said on Friday. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan is to provide details of the number of troops on Monday, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity about what will be Canada’s first mission to Africa since Rwanda in 1994. Jihadists have ramped up their activities in central Mali in recent months, targeting domestic and foreign forces in violence once confined to the country’s north. FourRead More
Montreal (AFP) Algerian international midfielder Saphir Taider joined Montreal Impact from Serie A team Bologna, the Major League Soccer outfit announced. The France-born Taider, who turns 26 next month, has 42 caps for Algeria, including two at the 2014 World Cup. Bologna’s chairman Joey Saputo is also the owner of the Impact. The move comes as the Serie A side welcomed back Impact striker Blerim Dzemaili, who scored seven goals for the Canadian club last season but returned to Bologna earlier this month, terminating his loan to Montreal. Taider beganRead More
Ottawa (AFP) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday urged the international community to “do more” following reports of the “abhorrent and despicable” enslavement of vulnerable African refugees arriving in Libya. “Canada will not stay silent in the face of such inhumane atrocities,” Trudeau said in a statement published on a government website. “While it is clear that the Libyan government is investigating this horrific injustice, and humanitarian organizations have launched efforts to help the victims, more must be done,” he said. The prime minister called on all United NationsRead More
Ottawa (AFP) The appointment of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization is “absolutely unacceptable” and “ridiculous,” Canada’s premier said Saturday. “When I heard of Robert Mugabe’s appointment… quite frankly, I thought it was a bad April Fool’s joke,” Justin Trudeau said during a press briefing. “It is absolutely unacceptable and inconceivable this individual would have a role as a goodwill ambassador for any organization, much less the World Health Organization,” Trudeau said. The foreign ministry later called for the appointment to be “rescindedRead More