January 2, 2016 10:24 pm

Canadian fighter jets in Middle East kept busy at the start of 2016

Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets depart after refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, October 30, 2014, over Iraq.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-U.S. Air Force, Staff Sgt. Perry Aston

BAGHDAD – Canadian fighter jets taking part in the air campaign against the so-called Islamic State have had a busy start to 2016.

The Canadian Forces says two CF-18 Hornets took to the skies on New Year’s Day to attack ISIS fighting positions in Ramadi in support of Iraqi security forces.

Canadian warplanes were also kept busy on Saturday with two separate missions.

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A pair of fighters pounded an ISIS compound near the community of Bartallah, east of Mosul, while a second pair hit an ISIS base near Kudilah, southeast of Mosul.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he intends to withdraw the Canadian fighter jets from the air campaign sometime this year, but he hasn’t announced the exact time.

The former Conservative government committed to keeping the warplanes involved in coalition air strikes until March.

The Royal Canadian Air Force has six fighter jets, two surveillance aircraft and a refuelling plane involved in the air campaign.

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