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Sajjan briefed on potential Canadian military training for Armenia

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More than 5,500 people were killed during the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Russia has sent around 2,000 military personnel to monitor the peace deal.

Azerbaijan’s military forces had the upper hand during the war with its use of more advanced technology. Among that equipment were Israeli-made drones and the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drone which carried missiles and were used to destroy infantry positions, armoured vehicles, trucks

Armenian forces shot down a Bayraktar drone and displayed the Canadian-made equipment on the aircraft. The equipment was manufactured by L3 Harris Wescam in Burlington, ON. The drone’s engine is made by a firm owned by Bombardier.

The Canadian Forces has ongoing training missions in Latvia and Ukraine. It also has around 500 military personnel operating in various Middle East nations as part of efforts to counter the Islamic State of Iraq. That insurgency has been largely defeated, according to military commanders, and the Canadian mission is scheduled to end March 31.

In a recent interview with the Canadian Press, Sajjan refused to say whether the mission would be extended. Canada has been involved in Iraq since 2014 and the mission has cost taxpayers more than $1 billion.

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