If airstrikes against Islamic State end, what is Canada’s Mideast role?

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November 13, 2015

A Jordanian soldier carries a Syrian refugee child upon arrival at al-Rugban, Jordan, Sept. 10. Canada's new government has decided to stop airstrikes against Islamic State in the Middle East. (CNS photo/Jamal Nasrallah, EPA) See CANADA-ISIS-AIRSTRIKES Nov. 13, 2015.

A Jordanian soldier carries a Syrian refugee child upon arrival at al-Rugban, Jordan, Sept. 10. Canada’s new government has decided to stop airstrikes against Islamic State in the Middle East. (CNS photo/Jamal Nasrallah, EPA)

MONTREAL (CNS) — For two major Catholic agencies based in Canada, the Liberal government’s decision to stop airstrikes against Islamic State positions in the Middle East begs the question: How must Canada act in that region?

Shortly after his Oct. 19 election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his intention of pulling out of the U.S.-led airstrikes campaign against Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria.

Carl Hetu, national director of the Canadian branch of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, said “it was about time” for Canada to turn its back on the military approach.

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