Iraq, Dec 15 (Canadian-Media): Canadian and NATO military training missions is to train instructors at three Iraqi military schools and providing counter terrorism advice and assistance to the country's defense ministry had not been hindered by the anti-government violence including targeted killings of protesters, media reports said.
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Lt.-Gen. Mike Rouleau: 'The political instability doesn't hurt ISIS.' (CBC News)"There have been a number of meetings and engagements that have had to be cancelled," he said. "The lion's share of the business proceeds apace."
Although Canadians face risk of 'indirect fire, Rouleau was confident in the security measures put in place to protect Canadian troops.
Up to 850 soldiers throughout the Middle East had been deployed by the Liberal government, most of them assigned to the NATO mission and the separate U.S.-led counterterrorism campaign in Iraq.
The demotion of Abdel-Wahab al-Saadi, a prominent commander in the Iraqi counter terrorism service, to a desk job in the country's defence ministry, was the fundamental reason behind protests in Iraq, which the NATO training mission is trying to address.
Loss of over 400 lives recent resignation of the prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi. are the direct results of the anti-government protests, which have grown in size and violence since October.
Continuing with the security sector reform is crucial, Rouleau said.