Canada says it will launch air strikes against IS in Syria

March 24, 2015 1:50 PM

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government on Tuesday said it would expand its military mission against Islamic State by launching air strikes against positions in Syria as well as Iraq.

A government motion also said Canada planned to extend its six-month mission by a year to the end of March 2016. Canada has around 70 special forces troops operating in northern Iraq and six Canadian jets are taking part in U.S.-led bombing missions against Islamic State in Iraq.

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