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Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper has con­firmed the de­ploy­ment of Cana­dian sol­diers to ad­vise Iraqi se­cu­rity forces fight­ing Is­lamic State (IS) mil­i­tants in the coun­try. Re­spond­ing to a call for clar­i­fi­ca­tion of gov­ern­ment state­ments, which claim that ‘sev­eral dozen’ Spe­cial Forces per­son­nel had been de­ployed this month, Harper said 69 sol­diers have been sent. The de­ploy­ment fol­lows a US call for a broad in­ter­na­tional coali­tion ‘to de­grade, and ul­ti­mately to de­stroy the threat posed by ISIL’, as re­ported by Agence France Presse. The Cana­dian Gov­ern­ment had ear­lier made a com­mit­ment to de­liver small-arms am­mu­ni­tion, do­nated by the Czech Repub­lic, to Iraq. Cana­dian For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter John Baird said: “Canada’s fa­cil­i­ta­tion of cru­cial air­lifts is another demon­stra­tion of our support for Iraq at this crit­i­cal time. The threat posed by ISIL re­quires a firm re­sponse from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and Canada is com­mit­ted to play­ing its part.”

As part of Op­er­a­tion Im­pact, the Cana­dian Armed Forces has al­ready de­liv­ered ap­prox­i­mately 2,28,000 kg of mil­i­tary sup­plies to Iraq. In ad­di­tion, Canada is also pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to civil­ians in Iraq. Mean­while, an Iraqi De­fence Min­istry rep­re­sen­ta­tive has claimed that the US mil­i­tary has iden­ti­fied be­tween 300 and 350 ISIS tar­gets in the coun­try.

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