Canadian air­craft have not flown in Syria for weeks: com­man­der

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — Canadian mil­i­tary air­craft in­volved in the fight against Is­lamic State mil­i­tants have not flown in Syria for the past few weeks.

While the air­craft have flown dozens of mis­sions over Syria this year, the mis­sion’s com­man­der, Brig.-Gen. Daniel MacIsaac, says op­er­a­tions have lately been limited to Iraq. That ap­pears to co­in­cide with when Rus­sia first warned it would tar­get coali­tion air­craft fly­ing over Syria, in re­tal­i­a­tion for the U.S. shoot­ing down a Syr­ian gov­ern­ment plane. But MacIsaac says there has been enough work for the Canadian planes in Iraq, where ISIL con­tin­ues to hold out in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try de­spite the lib­er­a­tion of Mo­sul.

The Trudeau gov­ern­ment re­cently ex­tended Canada’s mil­i­tary mis­sion against ISIL un­til 2019.

Canada has a sur­veil­lance air­craft and a re­fu­elling plane in the Mid­dle East as part of its con­tri­bu­tion to the U.S.-led anti-ISIL coali­tion.

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