Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced on February 14th that Canada will extend its military support for the French operation in Mali for another month.
Canadian special forces soldiers are already deployed in Mali protecting Canadian diplomats, but according to the government they are not on a “combat” mission.
Will Canadian special forces soldiers be sent to Mali? Prime Minister Harper has clearly stated that his government is “not considering” a “direct” military role in the current conflict. But can his words be trusted?
On Friday, the U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan marked its tenth anniversary (“Afghanistan war marks 10 years with little commemoration,” CNN, 7 October 2011). The conflict is already the longest war in U.S. history, having surpassed the duration of the Vietnam War in 2010. Canada’s participation in the war has not yet reached the ten-year […]