Statement from the Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan and United States Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis


December 6, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan and United States Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis co-hosted a meeting of the top 13 nations contributing military support to the Global Coalition to Defeat-ISIS on Dec. 6, in Ottawa.  They issued the following statement:

“With 79 members, the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS is stronger than ever in its efforts to counter the ISIS threat.

“Our Coalition has liberated more than 99 percent of the territory it once held, but there is still work to be done.

“Today, we reaffirmed our focus on the enduring defeat of ISIS and defined our vision moving forward.

“As the ISIS threat evolves globally, we will adapt.  We will leverage and employ our considerable capabilities and the experience gained in our collective fight to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS.

“We will continue to adapt and strengthen our global network to counter ISIS's own network of foreign terrorist fighters, financing and propaganda. 

“To do this, we have built a network to defeat a network.

“Our fight against ISIS will remain challenging, but the Coalition is drawing on all elements of our power – military, intelligence, diplomacy, economic, law enforcement and the strength of our communities. 

“We are confident that we will prevail in defeating ISIS.  We stand with people across the world who seek a better and safer future.” 

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Byrne Furlong
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence
(613) 996-3100

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353

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