Canada withdrawing fighter jets from Iraq, Syria

Country's PM-elect to keep his campaign pledge to bring home fighter jets, end its combat mission

Canada withdrawing fighter jets from Iraq, Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

Canada's prime minister-elect Justin Trudeau said he told US President Barack Obama that Canadian fighter jets would withdraw from fighting ISIL without giving a timeline.

"About an hour ago I spoke with President Obama," Trudeau told a press conference.

While Canada remains "a strong member of the coalition against ISIL," Trudeau said he made clear to the U.S. leader "the commitments I have made around ending the combat mission."

The White House had earlier said it hoped the new Canadian government would continue to support the efforts of the US-led coalition to fight ISIL.

Canada last year deployed CF-18 fighter jets to the region until March 2016, as well as about 70 special forces troops to train Kurds in northern Iraq.

During the campaign, Trudeau pledged to bring home the fighter jets and end its combat mission. But he vowed to keep military trainers in place.

His new Liberal government will be "moving forward with our campaign commitments in a responsible fashion," Trudeau said. 

"We want to ensure that the transition is done in an orderly fashion."

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