A captured ISIS battle flag hangs in a glass case on the wall outside the Ottawa office of the commander of Canada’s special forces.
A hard-earned prize from a misunderstood war.
Losing “the colours” is a humiliation for any military unit, a sign the battle, and maybe even the war, has been lost.
The black flag, with white Arabic letters declaring, “There is no God but Allah,” is also a startling, visceral reminder of how much of the three-year conflict in northern Iraq has played out away from the public spotlight.
It also raises the question of whether Canada’s involvement has run its course.