Canada to stop arming Kurdish forces, says army chief
Canada’s Army Chief, Gen. Jonathan Vance, Tuesday announced that his country will not proceed on arming Kurdish forces in Iraq.
Vance told reporters that his country is unlikely to proceed with a plan to give millions of dollars’ worth of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting the Daesh terror group in Iraq.
“I would say right now that arming the Kurds with the plans that we had is unlikely to happen at this juncture,” Vance said.
Last year, the federal government announced that it would give the Kurds weapons such as rifles, machine-guns, grenade launchers and anti-tank missiles as part of Canada’s revamped mission to help eradicate ISIS in the region.
But Vance explained that the end goal of that plan � helping the Iraqi military, Kurdish peshmerga and coalition forces recapture Mosul from the Daesh gang� was achieved without the need to transfer weapons to the Kurds.
The weapons intended for the Kurds remain in storage at a Canadian Forces supply depot in Montreal. Last month, the Conservatives urged the government to give the weapons and military equipment to Ukraine instead.
Source: Jordan News Agency