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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Trudeau to Pull Canada's CF-18s Out of Iraq

 Canadian Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau has announced that he has informed President Obama that, in keeping with his campaign promises, he will withdraw Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets from the anti-ISIS bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. Canada's contribution to the coalition campaign is known as operation Impact, but Canada will retain the special forces troops present as a non-combat training mission while ending combat operations. The RCAF CF-18s based in Iraq have also been used to carry out strikes inside Syria. No date has been announced for withdrawal of the aircraft.

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