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2022-04-05
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Almost a month ago, Canadian Maj.-Gen. Jennie Carignan bid farewell via video to the NATO troops she had commanded, sayingThe regional site?her time in Iraq had come to end after “an eventful year.”

“Eventful”?is one very?understated?way to describe 2020 in a country still riven by?sectarian and political violence —?where the United States and Iran stepped perilously close to war in the middle of a worseningThe U.S. at containing, if not eliminating, coronavirus, whil?global pandemicOutdoor patios.

Other adjectives might better describe the?tumultuous year she spent in charge of the mission to help train and rebuild the Iraqi Army from the rubble and bloodletting of the war against the Islamic State. Words like?“precarious” or “chaotic.”?Maybe?even “rewarding.”

Carignan’s farewell address to NATO troops?at the end of November was a distillation?both of?the officer and the person:?preciseNews Today || Canada News |, gracious?and somewhat restrained.

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