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Canada announces pause in military operations in Iraq and will move part of its troops to Kuwait

The Canadian chief of staff has justified this “operational pause” in Canadian operations is justified by the “complex” situation in Iraq after the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

Canada announced on Tuesday January 7 a pause in its military operations in Iraq and the displacement to Kuwait of part of its approximately 500 soldiers deployed in this country, because of tensions in the region.

“Over the next few days, troops will temporarily leave Iraq to settle in Kuwait, thanks to planning efforts by the coalition and NATO”said Canadian Chief of Staff General Jonathan Vance in a letter to the families of the military posted on Facebook.

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He justified this “operational break” of Canadian operations by the situation “complex” in Iraq after the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in an American attack on Baghdad. NATO and several countries, including Germany and Romania, announced on Tuesday the withdrawal of part of their soldiers stationed in Iraq. France for its part affirmed that it had “not the intention” to withdraw its soldiers currently stationed in this country.

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