PM Harper says Isis cannot go unchecked for crimes

He called the violence, including the beheading of American journalist James Foley, "unspeakable barbarism"

(Reuters/Chris Wattie)

Prime Minister Harper is drawing parallels between the Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The militants have seized territory in Iraq and Syria, which Harper says is not unlike the Taliban in Afghanistan prior to the U-S-led invasion in 2002.

Harper says the Taliban used a large territory as a haven and as a training ground for terrorism not just in the region, but across the world. And that, says Harper, is a ``very big concern for all of us.''

Speaking in Whitehorse on Thursday, Harper said he's appalled by the violence carried out by the group known as I-SIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant).

He called the violence, including the beheading of American journalist James Foley, ``unspeakable barbarism.`` Harper said he agrees with U-S President Barack Obama and others that the actions of I-SIL cannot go unchecked.

Two Canadian military cargo planes will be transporting weapons to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq as part of the multi-national effort to fight the militants.

American Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says U-S airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq. But he expects Islamic State militants will regroup and stage a new offensive.

Hagel briefed reporters this afternoon along with Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey.

Dempsey says Islamic State militants can't be permanently contained without going after the group in Syria. But he adds that doesn't mean the U-S is about to conduct airstrikes there.

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  1. StuG posted on 08/22/2014 11:19 AM
    i'm not too sure what this right wing fool of a PM will do. probably put this country in more harms way. But i know what PM Chretien would say to the Americans. you broke it over there. you fix it. you stirred up the hornet's nest.
    bringing western style democracy to this sinkhole aint gonna work. these places need strong dictatorships. that's what they know
    1. AbbyW posted on 08/22/2014 12:17 PM
      @StuG You're absolutely correct about them needing dictatorships, as they had contained these sub-humans. Unfortunately, this has now become a western problem, not a USA problem, so the West needs to deal with it.

      Hopefully it's dealt with by killing as many of these sub-humans as possible because bringing them to court, etc. is a losing proposition.
  2. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 08/23/2014 11:41 AM
    The comparison to the Taliban is inaccurate. True, the Taliban were an oppressive religious theocracy but they weren't aggressively so beyond the borders of Afghanistan. The reason for the invasion of Afghanistan was due to the Taliban government's refusal to surrender members of al-Qaeda who were responsible for 9/11. Isis seems to be an al-Qaeda branch that successfully seized and is governing some lawless territory in Iraq and/or Syria. It needs to be dealt with but previous adventures in Iraq led directly to their rise in the first place. That should be a cautionary example to Harper and the neo-cons who keep comparing US "inaction" to the Munich Agreement.
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