The Lebanese news outlet, the Daily Star, has confirmed that Canadian special forces in Iraq to assist the Iraqi military in their fight against the ISIS thugs, took part in the first ground battle between ISIS and the West.
While the United States has been fighting ISIS from the air for some time now, our troops have yet to engage the terrorist fighters on the ground.
Canadian special forces commander Brigadier General Michael Rouleau described how the engagement with ISIS came to pass.
“My troops had completed a planning session with senior Iraqi leaders several kilometers behind the front lines. When they moved forward to confirm the planning at the front lines in order to visualize what they had discussed over a map, they came under immediate and effective mortar and machine gunfire.” Rouleau said the clash took place over the last week and that it was “the first time we’ve taken fire and returned fire” in Iraq.
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Is this just the start of a larger offensive to come? Will more troops from Western Nations like Canada and the USA eventually be moved in to face the ISIS fighters on the ground?
President Obama has been rather adamant that our soldiers will not be returning to combat in Syria – however, he’s already decided to leave more soldiers there then he’d previously planned. At some point if the fight is not going well it just doesn’t seem possible that the fight could be avoided. Thus far our air strikes have only slowed ISIS’s advance in Iraq – at the same time we’ve not been able to slow them at all in Syria.
If this situation persists it seems likely that our next President may have to make some tough calls in Iraq and Syria in regard to ISIS. (Because it seems certain that President Obama won’t be doing anything about them…)
No Canadian injuries were reported in the fight and no Western nation has officially decided to engage in ground combat with ISIS.
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