Canada denies mission creep after troops kill Islamic militants

January 22, 2015 5:19 PM

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada on Thursday denied it was being sucked into combat operations against Islamic State militants after its troops in Iraq shot and killed rebels who fired on them.

Canada said in October that it would join the U.S.-led bombing campaign in Iraq for six months. It also has about 70 special forces on the ground that Ottawa said would advise and assist Iraqi troops but not engage in combat.

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