Canadian troops operate in east Mosul as mission extended

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Posted: Mar 31, 2017 2:24 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Canada will extend its current military contribution to the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq until June 30.

Defense Minister Harjit S. Sajjan said Friday that the three-month extension will enable the government to assess the evolving nature of the fight and Canada's contributions as a coalition partner. Canada's mission was to wrap up at the end of March.

The minister says the Canadian military recently has been operating in eastern Mosul, providing advice and assistance to the Iraqi Security Forces. The nearly 200 members of the Canadian special forces in northern Iraq are helping the military there free the city's western half.

Canada previously had largely avoided Mosul, working instead with Kurdish forces to the north and east.

Weeks of bloody fighting have failed to dislodge IS.