Canada’s spy service to get ‘increased role’ in fighting Islamic State

CSE spokesman Ryan Foreman acknowledged the agency is helping the Canadian Armed Forces under the umbrella of Operation Impact, the name of Canada’s anti-ISIL mission in the Middle East, but refused to discuss specifics.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has for weeks been signalling that the military will introduce a “more robust” intelligence-gathering regime, one that allies — chastened by the withdrawal of the six CF-18s — are happy to be bring to the fight.Separately, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed Thursday that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service will also play a stepped-up role in the fight against the Islamic State, but he also refused to be specific.“We are providing new and additional intelligence capabilities in the region and while by its very nature I cannot elaborate, CSIS will have a role to play,” Goodale said.“It will certainly be an increased role to accomplish larger objectives.”

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