Is the government right to pull Canada's jets out of the fight against ISIS?
Sunday on Cross Country Checkup: fighting ISIS
The Trudeau government has made good on its promise to pull Canada's fighter jets out of the battle against ISIS. Instead, the Liberals are boosting humanitarian aid and putting more boots on the ground. What do you think of the plan?
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The Conservatives say the government is shirking Canada's responsibility. But the NDP say it is a move into deeper and more dangerous involvement.
Canada's military role in the conflict in Syria and Iraq has always been a small one. But this announcement comes in the midst of intensified fighting both on the ground and in the air over Syria and Iraq. And in the past weeks there are allegations that Russia has starting bombing civilian targets in Syria, including hospitals.
There have been many attempts made by international leaders to bring a ceasefire and an end to the five-year civil war in Syria.
The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced a "provisional agreement" for a ceasefire. Kerry said he spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss terms and the two now must reach out to the parties in the conflict.
In the past, attempts to reach a ceasefire agreement have failed. What are the chances that this one will work?
Some Canadians say we shouldn't get involved in the conflict in Syria at all due to the extreme complexities in the region. What do you think?
Our question: "Is the government right to pull Canada's jets out of the fight against ISIS?"
Liberal MP for Scarborough-Guildwood and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence
Hon. James Bezan
Conservative MP for Selkirk-Interlake and Defence Critic
Dr. Anas al Kassem
Syrian-Canadian Doctor who has travelled to Syria numerous times to help establish hospitals in rebel-held areas
Director, Center for Middle East Studies in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma
Editor of the blog "Syria Comment" which provides daily updates on the conflict there
- Justin Trudeau accused of both withdrawing and not withdrawing from ISIS fight
- Do Canadians want to end the ISIS bombing mission? It depends
- Former NATO commander calls for Canada, US to act in Lybia
- Sajjan says NATO ministers supportive of Canadian decision on ISIS
- ISIS airstrikes by Canada to end by Feb. 22, training forces to triple
- Syrians in Turkish border town doubt fighting will soon end
- Syrian civilians killed by 'deliberate' strikes on hospitals, schools
- Obama urges Russia to stop bombing 'moderate' rebels in Syria
- ISIS faces budget crunch, cutting perks and trimming salaries
Globe and Mail
- By giving up on Syria, U.S. hands kingmaker role to Putin
- Syrian conflict is Canada's moment to 'wage diplomacy'
- Kurds' advance in Syria divides U.S. and Turkey as Russia bombs
- Canada's CF-18s are coming home. What did they accomplish? No civilian casualties and 251 airstrikes
- Did the 606 bombs that Canada dropped make a difference in the war against ISIL? by David Pugliese
- Tens of thousands of Syrians pile up at Turkish border, fleeing crushing wave of Russian airstrikes
- Don't be fooled by the spin Canada is not playing its full part in battle against ISIL, by John Ivison
- Russian warplanes destroyed Doctors Without Borders hospital in northern Syria, activists say
- What the fall of Aleppo would mean for Syria, the Middle East and the rest of world
Government of Canada
- Trudeau Says ISIS Mission Will Face Debate, Vote In Parliament
- Liberals grilled over concerns Canadian aid could help ISIS
- Trudeau: A clear, robust strategy to fight ISIL
- Ambrose: Canada stepping back from the fight against terror
- Mulcair: Canada creeping further into combat role
- Russia warns the Saudis: Deploying ground troops in Syria would unleash 'a new world war'
- Canada's complicated war against ISIS gets even more so, by Thomas Walkom
- Let's Call our anti-ISIS mission what it is, by Tim Harper