Ottawa had earlier pledge to provide military support to the African nation back in 2016 but the move was delayed pending a review on participating in U.N. peace-keeping missions in November.
The government is now expected to announce the decision on Mar. 19. The personnel and aircraft will be in Mali for up to 12 months.
Having completed its twelve years deployment in Afghanistan, which left about 150 Canadian servicemen killed and a further 2,000 injured the Canadian Government is musing to commit its troops to another conflict zone.
Canadian forces fought hard when they had to, and even broke a world sniper distance killing record. Rob Furlong (born November 11,1976), is a former sniper with the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, best known for holding the previous record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in combat, at 2,430 m (2,657 yd). Furlong’s shot, taken in the Shah-i-Kot Valley during Operation Anaconda in March 2002, exceeded the previous record set by his teammate Master-Corporal Arron Perry by 120 m (130 yd). Furlong’s record was surpassed in November 2009 by British sniper Craig Harrison who shot two Taliban fighters consecutively at a range of 2,475 m (2,707 yd).
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