26 July 2011
Colonel Victor Kopachinskiy, Commander of the 80th Airmobile Regiment, along with Captain Robert Colbourne and Lieutenant Colonel Roch Pelletier, Commander of 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Rgiment, address C Company after a parachute landing during Exercise Rapid Trident 2011.
Thirty-one Canadian Forces paratroopers have undergone Ukrainian paratrooper training from Ukrainian paratroopers of the 80th Airborne Regiment in Lviv, Ukraine, 2011. From July 19 to 23, Canadian soldiers prepared for Exercise Rapid Trident 2011 where they will use Ukrainian paratrooper equipment and aircraft, a first for any NATO country.
Rapid Trident 2011 is an exercise held from July 25 to August 5, 2011, that involves approximately 1,600 personnel from 13 NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations: Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, the UK, USA and Canada. This year, Exercise Rapid Trident 2011 consists of a multi-national airborne operation and field training exercise that is hosted by Ukraine in support of UkraineÕs Annual National Program to achieve interoperability with NATO. The complete Canadian delegation is represented by 25 paratroopers from C Company, 3e Battalion Royal 22e Rgiment, augmented by four reserve paratroopers, two parachute riggers from Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Center and one medical technician from 5 Field Ambulance with paratrooper qualifications, and representatives of ADM (Pol) and ADM (PA), for a total of 35 personnel. Canadian soldiers are participating only in the first week of Exercise Rapid Trident 2011 where, along with troops from Partnership for Peace countries, they will jump from Ukrainian Illusion 76 aircraft and MI-8 helicopters. Held at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Exercise Rapid Trident 2011 is designed to enhance joint combined interoperability with allied and partner nations to achi
Canadian special forces has no kill list for Canadian jihadis, says Gen. Vance | Ottawa Citizen
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.
Source: Canadian special forces has no kill list for Canadian jihadis, says Gen. Vance | Ottawa Citizen