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It’s been all quiet on the jap entrance currently for Canadian troops in Latvia, who say the deluge of pretend information and cyberattacks that greeted their arrival within the Baltic state has been dramatically — and considerably inexplicably — scaled again.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived late Monday within the capital Riga for a bilateral go to that can embody each a state go to and time spent with troopers deployed as a part of the NATO deterrence mission within the Baltic.

Last fall, the Canadian contingent was hit with an info warfare barrage. It included false tales that claimed Canadian troopers had been dwelling in luxurious residences and that former colonel Russell Williams, the disgraced convicted intercourse killer, was nonetheless in charge of a serious air base.

The pretend information was revealed on Russian-linked web sites and aimed on the Latvian civilian inhabitants.

But the Canadian contingent hasn’t seen any of these phoney studies for months, mentioned the Canadian battle group commander.

Propaganda battle

“We’re not sure why it has quietened down,” mentioned Lt.-Col. Sean French.

“It could be because it’s not worth their effort. They haven’t seen the fake news convince a lot of people. Or it could be because they’ve got other things to talk about, like the Olympics, the [upcoming Latvian] election or the World Cup.”

French mentioned the contingent has been attempting to counter anti-NATO propaganda by holding outreach occasions in Latvian communities and welcoming locals to get to know the troops.

Latvians are gearing as much as go to the polls in parliamentary elections to be held no later than Oct. 6, 2018, and sources at NATO and inside the diplomatic neighborhood say the Russians have targeted a number of consideration on creating discord within the nation prematurely of the election.

Reports revealed final yr mentioned the roughly 4,000 NATO troops within the Baltic states have additionally been the targets of Russian smartphone hacking — a cost Moscow has denied.

The most infamous account concerned the U.S. commander of a NATO base in Poland, who was quoted as saying that somebody tried to entry his iPhone Apple account. The hint, he mentioned, led again to a website exterior of Moscow.

French mentioned his Canadian contingent has seen fewer cyber incidents currently — partially as a result of the Canadian navy has been drilling cyber-security guidelines into the heads of troopers earlier than they deploy.

Canadian management of the multinational battle group is being prolonged and French mentioned they’re overcoming lots of the language and cultural obstacles you’d anticipate when working with a various group of countries.

There are Albanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Czech, Polish, Italian and Spanish troops participating within the NATO mission in Latvia.

Working across the language barrier

French mentioned lots of the sensible issues concerned in working in such a various coalition — resembling getting all of their radios and gear to speak with each other — have been overcome. But day by day face-to-face dialogue stays a problem.

“Ultimately, the working language is English,” he mentioned, “and all the leadership can’t speak English, but we work hard to make sure everybody knows a little bit of everybody else’s language.”

One benefit to having some Eastern European nations on the workforce, he mentioned, is that “Czech is not that different from Slovakian or Slovenian.”

Learning the assorted rank constructions has been one other hurdle for the Canadians, he mentioned, including that every of the completely different nations has been tuned in to the cultural nuances.

“I’ve learned a lot about our allies,” mentioned French, marvelling at what number of western militaries have widespread procedures.

Where he sees a distinction is within the attitudes every military brings to fight.

“I’ve learned a lot from different nations in terms of how aggressive they can be on the battlefield,” mentioned French.

“Sometimes I think, with Canadians — the way we employ things — sometimes, we try to understand things too much. We have other nations here that are a little more, ‘Hey, this the time I’m going to get the job done.'”

Those variations had been evident throughout the Afghan battle when, in Kandahar, Canadian troops operated beside Romanian models, who had been affectionately nicknamed “The Happy Triggers” for his or her swift, ferocious strategy to combating the Taliban.

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