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Canadian air strikes continue in Iraq post-election

A pilot positions a CF-18 Hornet at the CFB Cold Lake, in Cold Lake, Alberta on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
A pilot positions a CF-18 Hornet at the CFB Cold Lake, in Cold Lake, Alberta on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Jason Franson/The Canadian Press

Canada continues to conduct air strikes targeting the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq after a slight lull in operations leading up to the election.

Canadian CF-18 fighters dropped bombs in three separate raids since Oct. 19, Election Day.

The day after the election, two CF-18s struck an ISIS staging area northeast of Tal Afar. The following day, strikes were conducted on ISIS fighting positions west of Ramadi. On Oct. 23, War planes bomb an ISIS fighting position.

National Defence statistics show CF-18s conducted a total of 10 air strikes for the month of October.

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As The Canadian Press points out, there was a lull in air strikes by the Canadian Armed Forces once the election was called.

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In September, a total of 10 raids we conducted and only 11 in August, while 25 raids were carried out in July, pre-election.

Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau, who has yet to take office, pledged to end Canada’s combat mission in Iraq and Syria. Trudeau has told U.S. President Barack Obama of his intentions to end Canada’s role in air strikes, but did not give a time frame of withdrawal.

Stephen Harper’s Conservative government had committed to Canada’s role through March 2016.

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