Harper's pre-election Iraq photo-op

Caught up in the sudden adventure, no one seemed to ask Harper just why he felt it necessary to use so many military resources for the trip.

PMO Photo: Jason Ransom
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, tours the Canadian Special Operations Forces and Peshmerga Programme of Instruction as part of a visit to Iraq on May 2.
Scott Taylor
Published: Wednesday, 05/13/2015 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Thursday, 06/25/2015 12:06 pm EDT

Two days before the press corps boarded their flight, which they previously thought was simply to accompany Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Netherlands to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its liberation from Nazi occupation, they were told they could also be going somewhere “hot and dangerous.”

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