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Canada will remain a reliable partner in multinational operations around the world as Harjit S. Sajjan, minister of national defence, announced the Government of Canada is extending Operation IMPACT until March 31, 2022.
“By renewing Operation IMPACT, we are reinforcing Canada’s support to our NATO Allies and our partners in the Global Coalition and continuing our important work in the Middle East. The Canadian Armed Forces continues to help build the conditions for stability and security in the region,” he stated.
Operation IMPACT aims to build the military capabilities of Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon and help set the conditions for security and stability.
Renewing Operation IMPACT
The press release noted renewing Operation IMPACT will allow the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to continue to fill an important role in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. As part of the Global Coalition and NATO Mission Iraq, the CAF will continue to work with its partners and Allies to ensure the enduring defeat of Daesh and promote regional stability.
The renewal of the operation will also allow the CAF to continue to provide training and capacity-building assistance to the Iraqi Security Forces, the Jordanian Armed Forces, and the Lebanese Armed Forces.
CANADA’S MILITARY EFFORTS INCLUDE:
- Contributions to the Global Coalition;
- Contributions to NATO Mission Iraq (NMI); and
- Contributions to building the military capabilities of Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon.
Operation IMPACT Extension Includes
The extension includes the authority to deploy up to 850 CAF personnel to support the Global Coalition, NMI, and capacity-building activities with the Jordanian Armed Forces and Lebanese Armed Forces.
Canada conducts train, advise and assist operations with the Iraqi Security Forces and deploys three Griffon helicopters and associated personnel to enhance in-theatre tactical transport, including casualty evacuations if required in support of the Global Coalition.
NATO Mission Iraq (NMI)
For two consecutive years, Canada commanded NMI from the start of the mission in 2018 until November 2020, when Denmark assumed command.
NMI is a non-combat advisory, training, and capacity-building mission. Canada’s current contribution to NMI includes 17 CAF personnel.
Canada has been consistent in supporting its partners in the Middle East since the start of Operation IMPACT in 2014. The international response against Daesh has reduced the suffering of many vulnerable populations.
Joint Task Force IMPACT
Joint Task Force IMPACT headquarters continues to operate in Kuwait and includes an Air Detachment comprising two CC-130J Hercules Tactical Airlift aircraft.
Its movement of personnel and cargo in the joint area of operations contributes significantly to Coalition, NATO, and bilateral efforts to build the military capacity of partner nations in the region through its safe and efficient movement of people and goods.