"This is something that we believe in deeply", Trudeau said of the new Iraq mission.
The country's future contribution will include CF-18 fighter jets of the Royal Canadian Air Force as well as have a cybersecurity as well, in line with Canada's defence policy, Trudeau said.
Canadian forces have been tapped to lead NATO's new military adviser mission in Iraq, as the alliance looks to expand and extend its operations in the war-torn country.More news: U.S. professor of biology believes hunted whale to be a blue whale
The Iraqi mission, combined with Tuesday's announcement that Canada's commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Latvia is being extended by another four years until 2023, could help Trudeau counter criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump that alliance members spend more to meet spending targets. He called the extended mission of Canadian troops in Latvia "a great present" that will contribute significantly to national security.
Canada assumes command of the mission, which will be led by an as yet unnamed Canadian major-general, for one year.
Canada does have a plan to increase its defence spending over the next 10 years, he stressed - a plan that his government's own projections show will only reach 1.4 per cent of GDP by 2024.More news: Barcelona complete €36m Lenglet capture from Sevilla
"We certainly hope that Russian Federation will choose to become a more positive actor in world affairs than it has chosen to be in the past".
U.S. President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg have latched onto the target as an important indicator of how much individual members are contributing to the alliance. The commitment was part of the alliance's expansion of the number of trainers from around a dozen now to several hundred operating out of the capital, Baghdad.
Prior to the June NATO meeting and this week's annual ministerial, Pentagon sources told The Washington Times that Mr. Mattis meant to present the USA plan to expand the size and scope of the Iraqi military training operation - putting it on par with the ongoing mission in Afghanistan. And we should understand that despite the fact that the Cold war ended and there was a significant reduction of the military presence of the U.S. and Canada to Europe (the last battle tank United States of America in 2013 left Europe), is now being moved to Europe armored brigade!More news: SpaceIL to launch unmanned Moon probe in December
Mr Abbott says while Canberra increased defence spending from 1.6 per cent of GDP to 2.0 per cent, "more needs to be done" given the 60 per cent rise in military spending across the region in the past decade.