Vance: Canada monitoring Libya, 'will certainly be involved'

The same day the Pentagon said a U.S. airstrike struck an Islamic State training camp in Libya, Canada’s top soldier said Canadian Forces “will certainly be involved somehow.

See Full Article

Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance told reporters at the Conference on Security and Defence in Ottawa on Friday, that Canadian military officials are closely monitoring the situation in Libya.

“I don't know whether we will be involved militarily, but we will certainly be involved somehow, because Libya sits at a crossroads of some very important and dangerous things that are happening in the world,” Vance said.

The top soldier said that, in addition to the implications for Europe and Africa, “it's affecting even our forces deployed in MFO [Multinational Force and Observers] and Sinai. So keep your eyes peeled.”

U.S. and European military officials have been monitoring the movement of Islamic State militants into Libya, noting an increase there, as the group's numbers in Syria and Iraq have shrunk.

On Friday, the Pentagon announced that American warplanes struck an ISIS training camp near the Libyan town of Sabratha, close to the Tunisian border, killing Noureddine Chouchane, a Tunisian national described as “an ISIL senior facilitator.”

Libyan officials estimated that more than 40 others were killed and many more wounded.

The strike did not appear to mark the start of a sustained U.S. air campaign against the extremist group in Libya, where it has made inroads even as it faces pressure from U.S.-led coalition bombing in Syria and Iraq.

With files from The Associated Press



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • N.L. paper apologizes for headline critics said blamed sex-case complainant

    Canada News CTV News
    ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- A Newfoundland newspaper has issued an apology for a headline some readers said blamed the victim of an alleged sexual assault by a police officer. Steve Bartlett, managing editor of the Telegram in St. Source
  • Russia's ambassador to United Nations dies at 64

    World News CBC News
    Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly Monday after falling ill in his office at the mission, Russian officials said. Churkin, 64, was rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York, where he died, Russia's deputy UN ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told The Associated Press. Source
  • Buckle up when told by flight crews, TSB investigation recommends

    Canada News CBC News
    Transportation Safety Board (TSB) officials who investigated a turbulent Air Canada flight that left 21 people hurt are reminding passengers to wear seatbelts after it was determined that many onboard the plane diverted to Calgary had not buckled up when urged to do so. Source
  • Russia's UN ambassador dies in NYC at 64

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64. Russia's deputy UN ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told The Associated Press that Churkin became ill in his office at Russia's UN mission and was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he died Monday. Source
  • Driver clocked at 203 km/h in 60 km/h zone in Toronto: police

    Canada News CTV News
    Toronto Police say a man is facing charges after allegedly being clocked at more than three times the legal limit in east-end Toronto. They say an officer spotted a car travelling at high speed early Monday morning and measured the speed at 203 km/h in a posted 60 km/h zone. Source
  • Iraqi troops move on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks

    World News CTV News
    SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq -- Iraqi forces advanced Monday into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half, as the visiting U.S. Source
  • TSB warns air travellers of importance of seatbelts after severe turbulence incident

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- The Transportation Safety Board is highlighting the importance of seatbelts for air travellers after it investigated a severe turbulence incident on a Toronto-bound flight. The incident took place on a Dec. Source
  • Former Canadian union leader Bob White dies

    Canada News CBC News
    Bob White, the Canadian union leader who founded the Canadian Auto Workers after splitting off from its American counterpart, has died at the age of 81. Unifor, the union which now encompasses the Canadian Auto Workers, tweeted that White was "a great union leader. Source
  • Kremlin defends recognition of Ukrainian rebel passports

    World News CTV News
    MOSCOW -- The Kremlin on Monday defended its decision to recognize passports issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine, saying it came as a response to Ukraine's blockade of rebel regions. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, also shrugged off a peace plan that a Ukrainian lawmaker reportedly tried to peddle to U.S. Source
  • Famine declared in part of South Sudan by government and UN

    World News CTV News
    KAMPALA, Uganda -- Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three UN agencies, which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation. Source