NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) is a non-combat advisory, training and capacity-building mission, conducted in full respect of Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tapped the former head of the NATO mission in Iraq, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, to lead the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. A Canadian special forces soldier, left, speaks with Peshmerga Captain Omar … Today, Major-General Jennie Carignan of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), transferred command of NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) to Lieutenant-General Per Pugholm Olsen of the Danish Armed Forces, during a ceremony held in Baghdad, Iraq. Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today announced that Canada will continue command of NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) for a second year until November 2020. Canada has committed to lead the NATO training mission in Iraq until November 2020. Canada’s largest deployments have been to Latvia, Ukraine, and Iraq with additional forces in Kosovo. I am very proud of the professional work Canadian Armed Forces members have put into this mission. Canada’s leadership of NATO mission Iraq complements its existing efforts in the Global Coalition against Daesh, and its ongoing support to Iraq, as it moves forward from the successful fight against Daesh. Canada also has medical personnel and a helicopter unit in the north. Personnel are deployed in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait. Canada has 850 military personnel in Iraq and the surrounding region involved in that effort against ISIL, including 250 who are training the Iraqi military as part of the NATO mission. The NATO mission will complement Canada’s ongoing support to Iraq, as we work to lay the foundations for longer-term peace and stability. Nouvelles Le Danemark prend le commandement de la mission OTAN en Iraq 25 Nov. 2020. NATO has called an emergency meeting to discuss the future of its military operation in Iraq, which is led by a Canadian officer and includes about 200 members of the Canadian Armed Forces. This non-combat training and advisory mission was established in Baghdad in October 2018. Canada makes up close to half of the mission, as it fills key roles in leadership, mobile force protection, rotary-wing support, headquarters staff, advisors and trainers. You will not receive a reply. Canada’s contribution of up to 250 personnel to NATO Mission Iraq includes Major-General Dany Fortin, who is commanding an overall force of some 580 NATO personnel. Institutional-level training activities have since resumed and are ongoing. The CAF contribution to NMI is part of Op IMPACT, for which the contribution remains at approximately up to 850 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, and following today’s change of command, 17 CAF members … It was established in Baghdad in October 2018 and involves several hundred trainers, advisors and supporting personnel from Allied and partner countries, including Australia, Finland and Sweden. Mar. Our strategy invests up to $3.5 billion over five years (2016-2021) to respond to the ongoing crises in Iraq and Syria, and their impact in the region, in particular on Jordan and Lebanon. Canada assumed command of the NATO mission in November 2018. I am also pleased that Brigadier-General Carignan, an accomplished leader, will assume command of the mission following her promotion to the rank of Major-General. A lot is riding on the western military alliance’s bid to stabilize Iraq. Partenariats et élargissement. We know that combating threats to global stability reinforces security and prosperity at home and this is why we are happy to work with NATO and continue our command role of NATO Mission Iraq. On September 2002, the prime minister of Canada Jean Chrétien informed both British prime minister Tony Blair and U.S. president George W. Bush that Canada's participation in any coalition against Iraq would be contingent on having the support of the United Nations (UN), or the majority of the international community. Major-General Dany Fortin, who took command in November 2018, will transfer command in the fall of 2019 to Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan, who will be promoted to the rank of Major-General. About half of them, under Carignan’s command provide support to the NATO … NATO personnel advise Iraqi officials in the Ministry of Defence and the Office of the National Security Advisor and train instructors, through the concept of “training the trainers,” at Iraqi military schools and academies in such areas as: NATO’s advisory activities are conducted in Baghdad, including in the Iraqi Ministry of Defence, the Office of the National Security Advisor, and relevant national security institutions. Our leadership of NATO Mission Iraq for two consecutive years speaks to this commitment. The CAF contribution to NMI is part of Op IMPACT, for which the contribution remains at approximately up to 850 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, and following today’s change of command, 17 CAF members remain part of NMI directly. We are committed to supporting a more peaceful and prosperous world that benefits Canadians and global citizens alike. For enquiries, contact us. Search for related information by keyword: NATO Mission Iraq Fact Sheet October 2020 (PDF version - Link to External Site), Canada to assume command of new NATO training mission in Iraq, Canadian Joint Operations Command Facebook, Canadian Joint Operations Command Twitter. You will not receive a reply. This non-combat training and advisory mission was established in Baghdad in October 2018. I would like to thank Major-General Jennie Carignan for her commitment and guidance in maintaining operational excellence, particularly given the challenges of operating in the current COVID-19 environment. "Together with its NATO Allies and the Government of Iraq, Canada is committed to work towards lasting peace and security for the people of Iraq and the surrounding region. Over the past two years, under the leadership of Major-General Fortin and Major-General Carignan, along with many of the contributing nations, Canadians have played a key role in setting up the mission headquarters. It is commanded by Major‑General Dany Fortin of Canada. Leah Campbell, a spokesperson for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Canada’s contribution of up to 250 personnel to NATO Mission Iraq includes Major-General Dany Fortin, who is commanding an overall force of some 580 NATO personnel. Canada also has medical personnel and a helicopter unit in the north. NATO Mission Iraq was first announced at the Brussels Summit in July 2018 in response to a request from the Government of Iraq. As Commander of NATO Mission Iraq, Major-General Fortin has been leading several hundred trainers, advisers, and support staff, from Allied countries and non-NATO partners, including Australia, Sweden, and Finland, as well as up to 250 Canadian Armed Forces members. The NATO mission is separate from that of dozens of Canadian special-forces soldiers who have been working with local security forces in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region since October 2014. During a ceremony held in Baghdad yesterday (Nov 24), Major-General Jennie Carignan of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), transferred command of the NATO Mission in Iraq to Denmark, Lieutenant-General Per Pugholm Olsen of the Danish Armed Forces, the Canadian Department of National Defence said in a statement. ", -  The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence. In November 2018, Canada assumed command of NATO Mission Iraq (NMI). This is the day Carignan took command of NATO Training Mission Iraq (NTMI) from another Canadian, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin. Canada assumed command of NATO Mission Iraq in November 2018 … Search for related information by keyword: Canada to assume command of new NATO training mission in Iraq, NATO Mission Iraq – Fact sheet – June 2019. Canada has transferred command of NATO Mission Iraq to the Danish Armed Forces, during a ceremony held in Baghdad. Major-General Carignan assumed command of NMI in November 2019, marking the beginning of a second year of Canadian leadership. Canada has about 500 troops in Iraq, said Capt. The Prime Minister of Canada announced that Canada will command a new NATO training and capacity building mission in Iraq from Fall 2018 to Fall 2019. As the head of NATO’s training mission in Iraq, Maj.-Gen. Jennie Carignan had a front row seat to some of the most extraordinary and dangerous moments on the international scene in 2020. Established in Baghdad in October 2018, NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) is well on its way to making a significant impact in these areas. Launched at the Brussels Summit in July, the mission builds on NATO’s efforts to train the Iraqi forces as they work to prevent the re-emergence of ISIS and other terrorist groups. The mission’s Commander is Major General Jennie Carignan of Canada. Canada remains steadfast in our support to NATO. NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) is a non-combat training and advisory mission founded on partnership and inclusivity as well as on full respect for Iraq’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Partnerships and Enlargement. Major-General Dany Fortin, who took command in November 2018, will transfer command in the fall of 2019 to Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan, who will be promoted to the rank of Major-General. - The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs. NATO’s training activities are carried out at the Iraqi military schools in the Baghdad area, Taji and Besmaya. Interview opportunities are planned to take place in the mid-March 2021 timeframe. Canadian special forces soldiers, left and right, speak with Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq last year. With Denmark now leading the charge, I look forward to continue working with our Allies and Partners as part of this important NATO mission.”, The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, “As Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command, I am proud of the Canadian Armed Forces achievements made over the past two years while leading NATO Mission Iraq. On the request of the Iraqi government, NATO agreed to establish an advisory, training and capacity-building mission in Iraq in October 2018. The Iraq War began with the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq.The Government of Canada did not at any time formally declare war against Iraq, and the level and nature of this participation, which changed over time, was controversial.Canada's intelligence services repeatedly assessed that Iraq did not have an active WMD program.. This included behind-the-scenes work that enabled NMI advisors and trainers, including Canadians, to achieve mission success. Due to a busy post-deployment schedule and to respect a much-deserved leave period, Major-General Carignan’s capacity to entertain interviews will be limited. However, … The command of NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) called for a Canadian Armed Forces’ contribution of up to 250 personnel. Currently, NATO has operations and missions in Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Mediterranean, Iraq, Africa, and Europe. November 24, 2020 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces. The others are part of a separate NATO training mission of Iraqi soldiers that Canada leads. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the former head of the NATO mission in Iraq, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, will lead the federal government’s coronavirus vaccine roll-out. June 26, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces. Canada will assume command of a NATO training mission in Iraq for its first year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. We have demonstrated a readiness to provide leadership where it is needed and are committed to strengthening the transatlantic bond. To date, the mission has consisted of approximately 580 NATO personnel, including up to 250 CAF members. Throughout its provision of advice, NMI strived to raise awareness of gender equality and its impact on operational effectiveness. At their July 2018 Summit in Brussels, the NATO leaders framedthe objective of the new non-combat training and capacity building mission as helping Iraq to develop a “professional and accountable security sector” so as to ensure “the stability of the country and the wider region,” as well as the security of NATO states. Canada’s leadership of the NMI will complement our existing efforts in the Global Coalition against Daesh, transitioning our support for Iraq to meet present needs and solidify gains. It also demonstrates Canada’s commitment to burden sharing with NATO Allies, and highlights Canada as a notable contributor to the NATO Alliance. She also deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Golan Heights, and Afghanistan. While Canadians have looked to the armed forces to help us deal with the pandemic, we have to take seriously the threat COVID-19 poses to the Canadian Armed Forces. Le secrétaire général de l’OTAN reçoit le ministre iraquien des Affaires étrangères au siège de l'Organisation 16 Sep. 2020. Canada’s leadership of NATO Mission Iraq complements our existing efforts in the Global Coalition against Daesh, and our ongoing support to Iraq, as we move forward from the successful fight against Daesh. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Mission Iraq is a non-combat, advisory and training mission designed to help build more effective and sustainable Iraqi defence and security institutions. The NATO mission is separate from that of dozens of Canadian special-forces soldiers who have been working with local security forces in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region since October 2014. We have demonstrated a readiness to provide leadership where it is needed and are committed to strengthening the transatlantic bond. This included ensuring the development of MoD strategies was conducted in alignment with Iraqi National Defence policy, promoting coherence across the Iraqi government. The NATO mission is separate from that of dozens of Canadian special-forces soldiers who have been working with local security forces in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region since October 2014. The NATO mission is separate from that of dozens of Canadian special-forces soldiers who have been working with local security forces in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region since October 2014. Canada remains steadfast in our support to NATO. Other partners that have be… The mission’s Commander is Major General Jennie Carignan of Canada. At the end of June, Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan announced that his country will continue to command NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) until November 2020, rather than handing off leadership to another country in November of this year, as had been previously planned. Media Relations Department of National Defence Phone: 613-904-3333 Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca. The NATO mission is separate from that of dozens of Canadian special-forces soldiers who have been working with local security forces in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region since October 2014. Canada makes up close to half of the mission, as it fills key roles in leadership, mobile force … Launched at the Brussels Summit in July, the mission builds on NATO’s efforts to train the Iraqi forces as they work to prevent the re-emergence of ISIS and other terrorist groups. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the CAF have been taking unprecedented measures to not only protect the health and well-being of its members, but to also prevent the spread of COVID-19, and preserve our ability to conduct mission-essential military operations. This included command staff, force protection and several enablers. Led by Canadian Major-General Dany Fortin, NATO Mission Iraq is comprised of several hundred military and civilian personnel from NATO countries and three non-NATO partners. The NATO mission is separate from that of dozens of Canadian special-forces soldiers who have been working with local security forces in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region since October 2014. Le Canada dirige cette mission depuis juillet dernier et devait initialement céder les rênes à un autre pays à la fin du mois, mais il la dirigera finalement jusqu’en novembre 2020. We are proud to assume command of NATO Mission Iraq for a second year and support the people of Iraq and new initiatives that will enhance security and regional stability. Brigadier-General Carignan has held several command positions including Commander of 5 Combat Engineer Regiment, Commander of Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment, and Commandant of the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. Dossiers Iraq, L'aide de l’OTAN à l’-Opérations et missions en cours et terminées. Canada’s leadership of the NMI will complement our existing efforts in the Global Coalition against Daesh, transitioning our support for Iraq … The NATO mission will complement Canada’s ongoing support to Iraq, as we work to lay the foundations for longer-term peace and stability. Canada has transferred command of NATO Mission Iraq to the Danish Armed Forces, during a ceremony held in Baghdad. Media representatives who are interested in an interview with Major-General Carignan can contact the Media Relations Office and requests will be consolidated. It aims to assist Iraq in strengthening its military schools and institutions and advancing Security Sector Reform. This included command staff, force protection and several enablers. OTTAWA, Canada – A general who led NATO’s mission in Iraq as well as Canadian troops in Afghanistan and Bosnia will spearhead efforts to immunise most … Our countrymen and women are great ambassadors for Canada and the values we stand for.”, Major-General Jennie Carignan, Outgoing Commander, NATO Mission Iraq. The government … The NATO mission is separate from that of dozens of Canadian special-forces soldiers who have been working with local security forces in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region since October 2014. The U.S. continued Monday to ramp up its efforts to justify killing Soleimani. Having assumed the command of this mission for two consecutive terms is an example of Canada’s unwavering commitment to the Alliance. The NATO mission will complement Canada’s ongoing support to Iraq, as we work to lay the foundations for longer-term peace and stability. Retired Canadian major-general David Fraser, who commanded a NATO mission in Afghanistan, said he expects some troops will remain in Iraq … They have proven their value by their innate understanding and respect for the local culture, which makes them especially suitable for this kind of endeavor. Canada-Led NATO Mission In Iraq Will Be Restarted, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Suggests The training mission was suspended after the killing of Iranian Maj.-Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Return to top. NMI is a non-combat, advisory and training mission designed to help build more effective and sustainable Iraqi defence and security institutions. As a result, we are now leading three NATO efforts globally, including NATO Mission Iraq, where we are working to support stability and security in the Middle East. 11, 2019 Justin Trudeau has volunteered Canada’s military to lead the first year of a Nato training mission in Iraq, as Donald Trump berated alliance members for not spending enough on defence. Under Operation Impact, the Canadian Armed Forces is also providing training and assistance to the Iraqi security forces and helping regional forces build their capacity. Brigadier-General Carignan is currently the Commander of 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force East based in Quebec. She said she was aware that she was stepping into "a well established mission" involving alliance troops helping to train Iraq Army trainers and advising the country's ministry of defence. Canada’s programming and engagement in Iraq are key components of our whole-of-government Middle East strategy. Nov. 26, 2019. Todd Lane Press Secretary Office of the Minister of National Defence Phone: 613-996-3100Email: Todd.Lane@forces.gc.ca, Media RelationsDepartment of National DefencePhone: 613-996-2353Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca. This new mission was established in Baghdad in October 2018 under the command of Major-General Dany Fortin of Canada. NMI provided advice and support to the Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the development of its Military and overall National Security strategies. It will be conducted with full respect for Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. During a ceremony held in Baghdad yesterday (Nov 24), Major-General Jennie Carignan of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), transferred command of the NATO Mission in Iraq to Denmark, Lieutenant-General Per Pugholm Olsen of the Danish Armed Forces, the Canadian Department of National Defence said in … Their activities have been similarly suspended while the Canadian government waits to see how the situation unfolds. NATO Mission Iraq is a non‑combat training and capacity building mission designed to help Iraqi forces prevent the return of ISIS/Daesh. Canada to Lead NATO Mission Iraq for Another Year. Major-General Carignan now transfers command to Lieutenant-General Per Pugholm Olsen of Denmark, having set the conditions for the continued success of NATO Mission Iraq.”, Lieutenant-General Christopher Coates, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command, “During the year of my Command, I had the privilege to work with a team composed of highly skilled military and civilian advisors and mentors from NATO Alliance and partner nations, providing global expertise and best practices in security and defence sector reform, institutional development, and military education. Canada also has medical personnel and a helicopter unit in the north. Afin de constituer une alliance politico-militaire efficace, capable de s’attaquer aux défis du 21e siècle, l’OTAN doit chercher à collaborer avec des partenaires. Canadians can be proud of our command role of this mission that is helping to strengthen Iraqi Security Forces. The Prime Minister initially committed Canada to a one-year deployment. The CC-150 Polaris aerial refueller flew its last sortie and completed its deployment on Operation IMPACT. Canada has 850 military personnel in Iraq and the surrounding region involved in that effort against ISIL, including 250 who are training the Iraqi military as part of the NATO mission. This vital ongoing mission has benefitted from the dedicated service of the deployed women and men from Canada, NATO, and non-NATO partner nations while under Canadian command. NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) is helping to strengthen Iraqi security forces and Iraqi military education institutions so that Iraqi forces can prevent the return of ISIS/Da’esh. It is founded on partnership and inclusivity as well as on full respect for Iraq’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity. For enquiries, contact us. Countering improvised explosive devices (C-IED). Under Operation IMPACT, the Canadian Armed Forces is also providing training and assistance to the Iraqi security forces and helping regional forces build their capacity. This new mission was established in Baghdad in October 2018 under the command of Major-General Dany Fortin of Canada. The command of NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) called for a Canadian Armed Forces’ contribution of up to 250 personnel. Canada has commanded the NATO training mission since it was created in 2018, with Maj.-Gen. Jennie Carignan having recently taken the helm. Canada’s Department of National Defence announced on Wednesday (22 August 2018) that Major-General Dany Fortin has been selected to lead the new NATO Mission Iraq. NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) At the NATO Summit in Brussels in July 2018, following a request from the Iraqi government, Allied leaders issued direction to launch a new training mission in Iraq called NATO Mission Iraq (NMI). 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