2017-05-13 21:30:30 UTC
"It's a slaughterhouse, it extends into other countries, and on both sides the
combatants, tired of fighting this combination of a civil war (or string of civil wars)
and a terrorist insurgency, have started to team up. State authorities in Mauritania,
Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad are combining their efforts, with French assistance
and U.S. logistical help. On the other side, several militant groups - Ansar Dine, Al-
Mourabitoun and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb - have merged into a new group, Nusrat
al-Islam wal Muslimeen.
It's all hands on deck, or would be if Canadians were anywhere to be seen."
"OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shrugged off calls Friday for a decision on
whether to send troops to Mali, saying his government will take the 'appropriate' time
needed to decide on a peacekeeping mission.
Diplomatic sources have expressed growing impatience and frustration with what they call
foot-dragging by the government after the Liberals promised last August to make up to 600
troops available for peacekeeping.
The government was leaning toward a deployment to Mali, where the UN has been charged
with stabilizing the country after the central government and Tuareg rebels signed a
peace agreement in 2015."
From the federal Liberal election campaign platform, 2015:
"We will renew Canada's commitment to peacekeeping operations.
Under Stephen Harper, Canada has dramatically scaled back its involvement in peace
operations - a decision that could not come at a worse time. As the number of violent
conflicts in the world escalates, demand for international peace operations has never
To help the UN respond more quickly to emerging and escalating conflicts, we will provide
well-trained personnel that can be quickly deployed, including mission commanders, staff
officers, and headquarters units."