Saturday, May 27, 2006

Ottawa: Where Have Canadian Troops Been Sent

Canada has an image of a peacekeeping country, who help found the creation of peacekeepers and have always been there to help other countries in need. Whether that is still true or not is in question. Since the mid 1990s Canadian participation in United Nations peacekeeping has been on a steady decline. Instead what has taken over is more participation in NATO forces as seen by the contribution of forces during the break up of the Former Yugoslavia and, in Afghanistan. More recently since September 11th, 2001 the United States led "Operation Enduring Freedom" has become a priority for Canadian military involvement.

According to a recent study done by the Polaris Institute only 18 troops and 41 military observers are being contributed to United Nations military peacekeepers as of May 17th, 2006. Currently Canadian forces have about 2,300 troops in Afghanistan under "Operation Enduring Freedom". This has changed because, earlier this year 800 of Canadian troops were under NATO command in Afghanistan. Canada is also participating outside of the United Nations, NATO and, "Operation Enduring Freedom" in an EU force in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a multi-national force in the Sinai and, the International Military Advisory Training Team in Sierra Leone.

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Blogger indievoter said...

Just came across the feed for your blog in Progressive Bloggers. Enjoyed reading your commentary.

5:00 p.m.  
Blogger betmo said...

glad that someone hasn't forgotten bosnia. i understand your bigger point though. as an american against the war in iraq- i understand the reservations that many canadians must have at becoming more militant- or did i misread? not that we are being effective in afghanistan but i initially supported that move. we have failed the afghani people miserably.

7:12 p.m.  
Blogger Jade said...

Thank you indievoter.

And Betmo yeah currently Canadians have 21 soldiers in Bosnia some of which are under NATO others are under the EU. Also you didn't misread I am quite anti-war and have actually written in the past about Canadian imperialism. As the real reasons for why were in Afghanistan have come through it has just reinforced that. A pipeline and the geopolitical significance is why were there.

7:47 p.m.  
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