March 8, 2016 4:35 pm
Updated: March 8, 2016 5:26 pm

Parliament votes in favour of Liberal plan to end ISIS bombing campaign

In this Nov. 12, 2015 file photo, smoke rises over Sinjar, northern Iraq from oil fires set by Islamic State militants as Kurdish Iraqi fighters, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, launch a major assault.

AP Photo/Bram Janssen

Parliament has backed the Liberal government’s retooling of the military’s fight against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

The motion passed 178-147.

The vote was largely symbolic as Parliament does not legally need to authorize these kinds of campaigns.

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Part of the Liberal plan – ending the airstrikes against militants in both countries – has already happened.

The air strikes are to be replaced by what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called an expanded mission focused on training local security forces and helping to rebuild the shattered region.

Peace talks are scheduled to resume in Geneva this week aimed at ending the war in Syria.

With files from The Canadian Press

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