Canada Sunday conducted its first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The Canadian Defense Ministry said two CF-18 combat jets dropped laser-guided missiles near Fallujah in a mission that lasted about four hours, the CBC said.
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Defense Minister Rob Nicholson said the planes were part of a contingent operating out of secret air base in Kuwait. The contingent includes two CP-140 Aurora surveillance planes and six CF-18s.
“Today's strike demonstrates our government's firm resolve to tackle the threat of terrorism and to stand with our allies against ISIL's atrocities against innocent women, children and men,” Nicholson said in a statement, according to the Globe and Mail.
The Canadian planes arrived Oct. 30, joining the U.S.-led coalition against the group also know ISIS or ISIL. Britain, Australia and multiple gulf states also are participating.