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Canadian Forces spend New Year’s Eve bombing Iraq militant positions

Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets, above, in October 2014, over Iraq.
Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets, above, in October 2014, over Iraq. Handout / The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Two Canadian fighter jets spent New Year’s Eve bombing militants’ positions in Iraq as part of a international airstrike campaign.

The Defence Department says that on Dec. 31, the two CF-18s struck ISIL fighting positions using precision-guided munitions.

The planes were acting in support of Iraqi security forces’ group operations west of Fallujah.

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According to information posted by the American and Australian governments, the targets hit in that area were tactical units belong to the Islamic State.

The group, which has declared a self-styled caliphate, holds about a third of Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

The U.S. government says fighter planes and drones also conducted airstrikes in Syria on Dec. 31, destroying oil derricks, ISIL buildings and fighting positions.

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