Canada to end bombing mission against ISIS

2016-02-08 22:05
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (AP)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (AP)

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Toronto - Canada's prime minister says the country's six fighter jets will end their airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria within the next two weeks.

Justin Trudeau said on Monday that Canadian bombs will stop falling by February 22, but military personnel in the region will increase to 830 from the current 650 and provide planning, targeting and intelligence expertise.

Canada's contribution to the mission against ISIS is being extended until the end of March 2017.

Trudeau says airstrikes do not on their own achieve long-term stability for local communities.

Trudeau says the government will be spending more than $1.15bn over the next three years on the mission as a whole, including on security, stabilisation, humanitarian and development assistance in the region.

Read more on:    isis  |  iraq  |  canada  |  syria

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