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Canada Extends Iraq Mission To 2019

Canadian special forces look over a Peshmerga observation post, Monday, February 20, 2017 in northern Iraq. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz ORG XMIT: RYR102

The Liberals who are currently in power within Canada have made the decision to extend the Canadian mission in Iraq until 2019. The current operation in Iraq was set to expire June 30, 2017. The new mission will expire March 31, 2019.

Canada's mission in Iraq is currently noncombat and the soldiers stationed there support allies of the coalition. The Canadian Forces were part of the U.S led bombing campaign until the Liberals decided to pull the CF-18 jets out. However, they reportedly increased the number of special forces in Iraq to 200 soldiers.

The mission is also against the radical terrorist group known widely as ISIS, and ISIL (Islamic state of Iraq and Syria, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant)

The Canadian government said: “This extension includes the authority to provide training for new potential partners within the Iraqi security forces and a CC-130J Hercules aircraft for tactical airlift,”

It must be noted that the Canadian Military is world renowned for their professionalism, skills, and ability to train others. Canada has provided training to the Afghan military in the past.

However, this is going to cost someone money. This will cost the government about $371.4 million within the two-year extension. The government said:“Canada is providing $371.4 million over two years to support the cost of this renewed contribution to the Global Coalition against Daesh,”

The extension will also give the option to deploy up to 850 soldiers.

The Canadian government will continue to contribute to the overall mission against Daesh. Things such as tactical helicopters, medical services, the training, advising and assistance to the Iraqi security forces, intelligence support including personnel, Aerial refueling, and surveillance, and of course help forces in the region build their capacity.

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