The spokesperson for the coalition effort fighting ISIS doesn’t seem upset about Canada’s changing mission.
“I want to start out today by thanking Canada for their commitment.”
U.S. Colonel Steve Warren says the coalition welcomes Canada’s move to take a greater role in intelligence and targeting.
Warren says Canada will also contribute equipment.
“Such as small arms, ammunition, and optics to assist in the training of Iraqi security forces. Canadian have been a trusted and valuable part of this coalition since the beginning of the campaign whether it has been providing ariel refueling and surveillance aircraft or trainers to advise and assist. They have shown great resolve and continue to enable this fight.”
The Trudeau government is ending Canada’s involvement in the bombing campaign as of February 22nd.
Warren is also warning that the humanitarian crisis in Syria is getting worse, not better.
Warren says thousands of people are cut off in Aleppo.
“With the reduced humanitarian access and continued strikes by the Russians and the Syrians thousands of civilians are suffering. The situation in and around Aleppo has become increasingly dire. Yesterday’s UN report accused the Syrian regime of quote inhumane action against Syrians civilians that amounts to extermination.”
Warren says the Syrians and Russians have bombed two hospitals.
He says that has left 50,000 Syrians without access to medicine and care.