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March 9, 2016

Canadian Armed forces officially withdraws from ISIS air strikes

The Government of Canada has officially withdrawn the Canadian Armed Forces' (CAF) Air Task Force deployed for the Iraq mission as part of Operation IMPACT.

The Government of Canada has officially withdrawn the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) Air Task Force deployed for the Iraq mission as part of Operation IMPACT.

However, the Canadian Air Task Force based in Iraq will continue to support the air operations carried out by the US-led coalition.

The force will operate the CC-150T Polaris aircraft assigned to perform aerial refuelling besides two CP-140 Aurora aircraft that intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in support of the coalition operations.

"The men and women who have deployed on Air Task Force-Iraq have represented Canada very well and all Canadians should be grateful for their efforts."

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan said: "The men and women who have deployed on Air Task Force-Iraq have represented Canada very well and all Canadians should be grateful for their efforts.

"Since the beginning of Operation IMPACT, they made valuable contributions to the security of the region and continue to provide robust support to coalition efforts in the fight against ISIL.

"I applaud their hard work and thank all Air Task Force members for their professionalism and dedication to the mission."

Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the country will withdraw six CF-18 fighter jets from the Iraq mission.

The CF-18 Hornets have ceased airstrike operations and will depart the region in gradual phases in the coming weeks.

Additionally, he said that the CAF members in the coalition mission will be increased from 600 to around 830, while the current 69 ground training troops will be tripled.

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