A number of the questions Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance was asked by senators on the defence committee Monday focused on concerns about Canadians who fought for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The senators wanted details about whether these Canadians were slipping back into the country and if so, how many had done so.
Gen. Vance rightfully pointed out that the military doesn’t collect that type of information or track that particular issue. That’s the job of Canada’s spy agencies and other security organizations.
Vance also addressed claims that Canada’s allies were targeting their own citizens who were fighting in Iraq. A number of media outlets in the United Kingdom, including the newspaper The Independent, have reported that British special forces in Iraq have been handed a list of 200 British jihadis to kill before they attempt to return to the UK.
Media reports indicated that this was a multi-nation special forces mission and that such kill lists included Islamic gunman from a number of countries. Each would be dealt with by their country’s special forces.