The Ministry of defence of Canada has announced that from 15 February, the canadian air force stopped bombing the positions of militants of the terrorist group «Islamic state» in Syria and Iraq. The decision was made in accordance with the government Directive.
In the future, Canada’s armed forces, said in a statement the Ministry of defence, intends to «refocus its contribution» in the fight against IG in the international coalition. In the next few weeks all six fighter-bombers, F-18 and staff will return to Canada. At the same time, two reconnaissance aircraft CP-140 Aurora and one aircraft tanker Airbus CC-150 Polaris will remain on the canadian air base in Kuwait and will help of coalition aircraft. Also Canada «will increase their efforts on training Iraqi security forces». Earlier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the number of canadian military trainers in Iraq from the current 69 will be increased to 230, notes TASS.
Recall that in October last year, the leader won elections in Canada, the Liberal party, Justin Trudeau said that after he takes the post of Prime Minister, the canadian air force will cease participation in the operation against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Trudeau made the remarks at the first press conference after winning the election. He also reported that he had discussed the subject with U.S. President Barack Obama and told him of his intention to terminate the participation of the canadian air force in this operation, but was assured that Canada remains «a reliable member of the coalition».
In the election campaign, Trudeau offered to withdraw from the Middle East combat aircraft CF-18, which participated in operations against ISIS since the summer of 2014.