The federal defence minister is insisting Canada’s role in fighting ISIS is more robust, not less. This despite Ottawa ending the bombing mission in Iraq and Syria in two weeks.
Speaking to CKNW’s Simi Sara, Harjit Sajjan says Canada may not strike against ISIS from the air, but it has plenty to offer in acquiring and supplying intelligence to coalition forces.
Sajjan says ISIS is evolving to meet coalition attacks, so Western forces must get smarter as well.
“(This) leads to force protection for our own personnel, but also the targeting, because if you don’t have the right targeting and you can’t find the enemy to strike, then it doesn’t matter. You could have the most sophisticated weapon in the world (but) if you don’t know where to strike, it really doesn’t matter.”
Canada will end coalition airstrikes by its six CF-18s by Feb. 22. But it will increase on the ground personnel in Syria and Iraq to help train local ground troops.
READ the Pentagon press release that Sajjan refers to in his interview with Simi Sara(begins at 03:00)