Canada says some troops in Iraq to be moved temporarily to Kuwait for safety

Canadian soldiers look on during NATO Enhanced Forward Presence battle group training in Adazi military field, Adazi, Latvia March 28, 2019. (File photo: Reuters)

Some of Canada’s 500 military personnel based in Iraq will be temporarily moved to Kuwait for safety reasons, the country’s top military official said on Tuesday, due to fears of possible retaliation there after a US drone strike on Iran’s top military commander last week.

“Over the coming days, and as a result of Coalition and NATO planning, some of our people will be moved temporarily from Iraq to Kuwait,” said Chief of the Defense Staff General Jonathan
Vance in a letter to military families posted on Twitter.

“Simply put, we are doing this to ensure their safety and security,” he wrote.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53