Canada 'inclined' to extend mandate of forces in Iraq: minister

February 11, 2015 11:18 PM

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Canada 'inclined' to extend mandate of forces in Iraq: minister

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is inclined to extend the six-month mandate of its military mission in Iraq, which comprises special forces on the ground as well as fighter bombers, Defence Minister Jason Kenney said on Wednesday.

Kenney said the right-of-center Conservative government had not yet taken a formal decision to keep the forces in Iraq beyond the end of March. But his comments were the clearest indication yet from a cabinet minister that Ottawa was likely to do so.

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