“Canada’s facilitation of crucial airlifts is another demonstration of our support for Iraq at this critical time,” said Foreign Minister John Baird during an international conference in Paris. “The threat posed by ISIL requires a firm response from the international community and Canada is committed to playing its part.”
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Under Operation IMPACT, Baird said the Canadian Air Task Force Iraq will begin operating from the Czech Republic on September 18 and will deliver small-arms ammunition to Iraq to assist the Iraqi security forces protect civilians from the terrorist threat presented by ISIS, also known as ISIL.
The recent killing of David Haines, a British aid worker held hostage by the militants, added urgency to the meeting.
– with files from The Canadian Press