CTV News cameras capture a Canadian soldier wearing a Kurdish flag on his uniform in Iraq.
CTV: Defence chief opts to keep Kurdish flag on Canadian uniforms in Iraq
OTTAWA -- Canada's top soldier has decided special forces troops in Iraq will continue to wear the Kurdish flag on their uniforms in addition to the Maple Leaf, despite questions about the practice.
National Defence says Gen. Jonathan Vance recently approved the flag patches in part to show solidarity with "a region facing existential threats," but that they should not be construed as support for an independent Iraqi Kurdistan.
That may be wishful thinking, say experts, one of whom compared it to a foreign military force wearing the Quebec flag in Canada.
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WNU Editor: The U.S. order for their soldiers to not wear the Kurdish flag on their uniforms is still standing .... Pentagon Orders U.S. Special Operations Forces in Syria To Remove Their Kurdish Patches (May 27, 2016).