Canada to command new NATO training mission in Iraq

Trudeau announces increased support for NATO

Questioned repeatedly about Trump's attacks on European allies and Canada, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged the trans-Atlantic differences but refused to say whether the USA leader's attacks are damaging the alliance.

"Once all national procedures have been completed to finalize the name agreement, the country will join NATO as our 30th member", NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Canada does have a plan to increase its defence spending over the next 10 years, he stressed - a plan that his government's own projections show will only reach 1.4 per cent of GDP by 2024.

The battalion, led by Canada, is now made up of over 1,000 soldiers from Canada, Italy, Poland, Albania, Slovenia, Spain, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and is one of NATO's strategies to enhance the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation presence in the region and strengthen the region's security.

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And in case it turns out the Prime Minister doesn't need a shirt after all, 100% of the proceeds of the fundraising campaign will be donated to Right to Play Canada to support children around the world.

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, which is meeting that target, announced it would send 440 military personnel for a similar training mission in Afghanistan — by far the alliance's biggest foreign venture.

Over two days, the leaders are also expected to announce that they will continue to help fund the Afghan army. The government is also adding about 80 more soldiers, bringing the total to around 530.

"This is a moment for us to stand together and understand that the perspective that we fight for and stand for is essential today and tomorrow".

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The United States and Canada to significantly increase its military presence in Europe.

Canada is expected to spend an estimated 1.23 per cent of its GDP on defence in 2018 - down from 1.36 per cent previous year, says the annual report, which looks at military investments for all member states.

"That's the reason why they agreed to invest more in defence back in 2014", Stoltenberg said.

"This need not presage a darker time, like Rome's withdrawal from Britain, but more will be required of the world's other free countries".

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Note to readers: This is a corrected story. And the $40-million cost of Canada's training efforts in Iraq will come from previously approved funds, one senior official said, speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the talks.

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