Canadians Closer to Combat in Iraq than U.S. Troops – Andrew Tilghman (Military Times)
(dailyalert.org, Jan. 22, 2015)
Brig. Gen. Mike Rouleau, commander of Canadian Special Operations Forces in Iraq, revealed Mondaythat his troops are now routinely going out with Iraqi soldiers “to the forward-most Iraqi fighting positions” and providing “eyes on” to help coalition airstrikes by “marking the target with a laser.”
His mission is very different from the one U.S. officials say American service members are performing in Iraq.
According to the Pentagon, U.S. troops on the “advise and assist mission” are staying out of harm’s way inside headquarters facilities with Iraqi units at the brigade level or higher.