General says Canadian soldiers forced to defend themselves in firefight in Iraq

January 19, 2015 7:30 PM

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OTTAWA, Ontario – Canadian soldiers opened fire on Islamic State group extremists in Iraq over the last week in what a general called an act of self-defense.

Brig.-Gen. Michael Rouleau, commander of special operations command, said Monday the soldiers were visiting front-line positions with Iraqi forces when they came under mortar and machine-gun fire.

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