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Queen's University expert comments on Canadian involvement in fight against ISIS

Friday, September 5, 2014

Queen’s University Middle East expert Houchang Hassan-Yari is available to comment on Canadian military advisors joining the fight against ISIS in Iraq. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement today.

"The decision by the Prime Minister to send advisors to Iraq is in line with the US and other allies' assessment of the Islamic State (IS) threat to regional peace and order," says Dr. Hassan-Yari. "Since Syria suffers even more in the hands of this terrorist group, any significant blow to the IS requires the extension of conflict into the Syrian territory. How can Canada and its allies combat terrorism without helping the Assad regime?"

Please note that Dr. Hassan-Yari wants to be identified in the media as a Middle East expert from Queen’s University and Royal Military College.

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