Defence chief warned last year vetting of Iraqi troops lacked sufficient depth
|CTVnews 09 Jun 2021 at 15:02|
OTTAWA -- Canadian Armed Forces commander Jonathan Vance was warned in a secret memo last year that the vetting of Iraqi security forces associated with a NATO training mission led by Canada lacked "sufficient depth."
Archambault says measures were taken to address the concerns identified by Rouleau, though she declined to discuss them for security reasons, and she says Canadian troops did not take any prisoners while participating in the training mission.
The memo nonetheless raises questions about the screening of Iraqi troops trained by Canada and military officials repeated assurances that Canadian troops in Iraq did not witness war crimes or human rights violations.
Military police are currently investigating the handling of an incident in September 2018, in which Canadian troops were told to "carry on" after complaining some of the Iraqis they were training may have committed war crimes.
Canada has several hundred troops in Iraq working alongside local forces in the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.