Canada to end bombing missions in Iraq and Syria

Reuters News
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Posted: Feb 08, 2016 11:12 AM

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday Canada would pull out six jets that have been bombing targets in Iraq and Syria, ending Canada's controversial combat role in the effort against Islamic State.

Canada will end its bombing missions by Feb. 22 but would keep two surveillance planes in the region as well as refueling aircraft, and triple the number of soldiers training Kurdish troops in northern Iraq to about 200, from about 70 currently, the government said.

(Reporting by Andrea Hopkins; Editing by James Dalgleish)