Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced on February 14th that Canada will extend its military support for the French operation in Mali for another month.
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?
The West’s intervention to overthrow Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi in 2011 was one of the triggers of the current war in Mali, and as Canada’s role in Mali slowly grows, the danger of being drawn further into a spreading West African conflict also grows.