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AVAILABLE EXPERT – Proposed increase to Canadian training mission in Iraq

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Queen's University defence policy expert Douglas Bland is available to comment on reports that an increase in the number of special forces deployed to Iraq as part of the training mission is one of the scenarios being discussed as a means of contributing to the anti-ISIS mission once the air combat mission is concluded. Prime Minister Trudeau mentioned the possibility of a training mission increase during a media scrum on his flight to Manila on Tuesday for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit.

Dr. Bland is also available to discuss the implications of a possible invokation of NATO Article 5 by France, following the attacks over the weekend. Dr. Bland disagrees with the common assumption that such a declaration would require Canada to automatically come to the aid of France.

Dr. Bland is a professor emeritus in the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies and the former chair of Queen’s University Defence Management Studies. Dr. Bland served as an armoured officer in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1961-1990, attaining the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

Dr. Bland is available for radio and print media interviews on Tuesday, November 17. To arrange an interview, please contact Chris Armes (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or chris.armes@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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