Canada Condemns Brutal Attacks and Kidnappings in Iraq

June 11, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today released the following statement:

“Canada reiterates its condemnation of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL], a brutal terrorist entity that is corrosive to peace and security in the region. ISIL is responsible for death, destruction and brutalities in both Syria and Iraq, wreaking havoc in what is now one of the most volatile border regions on earth.

“The capture of Mosul and Tikrit by ISIL represents a significant threat to international peace and security and undermines the efforts made by Iraqis toward building a prosperous and pluralist federal society.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those killed in these attacks and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. Canada is concerned for the thousands of people fleeing Mosul and will stand ready to provide assistance as required.

“Canada also demands the immediate release of Turkish diplomatic personnel kidnapped by ISIL in Mosul and stands with our Turkish allies in NATO at this difficult time.

“Such blatant aggression by ISIL only strengthens our commitment to combat terrorism. We call upon Iraqi leaders and people to take the steps they must to unite against this terrorist threat. We stand with the people of Iraq during this difficult period and offer our support to the Government of Iraq.”

Since August of 2012, ISIL, also known as Al Qaida in Iraq, has been listed as a terrorist group in Canada under the Criminal Code.

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