Canada Condemns ISIS for Ongoing Violence in Northern Iraq

August 7, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“I am deeply concerned by reports that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS] terrorist group continues on its reckless path of death and destruction. Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms the repugnant killing of innocent civilians in northern Iraq, including women and children from Christian, Yazidi and other religious communities.

“These despicable acts of violence, which have displaced more than 200,000 people in the past week alone, also continue to show complete contempt for religious freedom and are purely driven by hate and intolerance.

“ISIS is nothing more than a violent terrorist organization, devoid of the respect, deference and acceptance Muslims are called to have toward others.

“Canada stands with the thousands of Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers who are bravely fighting brutal terrorism, with assistance in some areas from the Iraqi Air Force. We encourage Baghdad and Erbil to maintain and reinforce their cooperation.

“Canada continues to support the Iraqi government’s fight against ISIS and calls on Iraqi leaders to come together to govern for all Iraqis, regardless of religion, for the sake of the security, democracy and prosperity of the Iraqi people.”

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