Extension, Reorganization of staff for Op IMPACT Role 2 Medical Treatment Facilities

News Release

October 30, 2017  – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

As part of Canada’s ongoing commitment to aid in the fight against Daesh, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is extending its military contribution and leadership of the Canadian-led Role 2 medical facility located in Erbil, Iraq until April 30, 2018 or until no longer required.

The Coalition Role 2 medical facility, which is part of the CAF’s contribution to Operation IMPACT, provides life-saving medical and surgical care. The reorganization and extension are the result of changing Coalition medical needs. The medical facility will continue to provide emergency surgery, resuscitation, intensive care support, dental care, diagnostic imaging, and medical lab capabilities. 


“The valuable medical support provided by CAF personnel on Operation IMPACT is one way Canada is doing its part in the Coalition’s efforts to defeat Daesh. Our CAF medical personnel are a shining example of Canada on the world stage and I thank them for their service.”

— Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

“I am very proud of the contributions the people of the Canadian-led Role 2 medical treatment facility have made and will continue to make to the welfare of the Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces who are defeating Daesh. The Canadian Forces Health Services Group’s people, who provide general and critical medical and dental services, have built on our Canadian reputation for providing expert, relevant and credible contributions to the Coalition. This extension is a true testament to the skills, knowledge and expertise they’ve demonstrated since 2016, and Canada’s flexible response to the campaign’s needs.”

— Brigadier-General Daniel MacIsaac, Commander Joint Task Force - Iraq

Quick Facts

  • The Coalition Role 2 medical treatment facility provides life-saving medical and surgical care to Coalition forces and provides both emergency and non-emergency care treating over 1,220 dental and medical patients to date, of which three were Daesh fighters.

  • By November 2017, approximately 35 CAF personnel will remain at the Canadian-led Role 2 medical facility. This number of staff was adjusted to better match patient volumes at the facility. 

  • As part of Canada’s contribution to counter-Daesh’s efforts under Operation IMPACT, the CAF has led a Coalition Role 2 medical treatment facility located in Camp Érable in Erbil, Northern Iraq, since November 2016.

  • In addition to Canadian medical staff, the Canadian-led Role 2 medical treatment facility has a German surgical team who will now be the lead for that capability. 

  • The recently renewed Op IMPACT mandate provides CAF with the authority to tailor its contribution to the Global Coalition fight against Daesh and the CAF is constantly seeking opportunities to better adjust its contribution to make it the most relevant to the evolving situation. The extended Op IMPACT mandate is well-aligned with Canada’s whole-of-government Strategy in the region.

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