Canada’s ‘advise and assist’ mission in Iraq extended to March 2019

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By The Canadian Press, June 29, 2017 

OTTAWA — The federal government says the Canadian military will remain in Iraq for at leasr two more years as part of an international coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the threat posed by the group, also known as Daesh, ISIL or ISIS, requires Canadian soldiers to remain in the region until at least March 2019.

The government is adding the authority to provide training for new potential partners within the Iraqi security forces, as well as a CC-130J Hercules aircraft for tactical airlift.

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