CF-18s hit Islamic State artillery position

DND says CF-18 hit Islamic State artillery position

‘This strike demonstrates Canada’s firm resolve to tackle the threat of terrorism,’ Rob Nicholson says in statement


OTTAWA — Canada has struck another blow against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Department of National Defence said Tuesday as Canadians gathered in cities and towns across the country to mark Remembrance Day.

A CF-18 fighter-bomber used a laser-guided bomb to hit an artillery position Tuesday near the city of Bayji, north of Tikrit, said Johanna Quinney, a spokeswoman for Defence Minister Rob Nicholson.

The airstrikes were being conducted near Bayji, which sits roughly midway between the cities of Baghdad and Kirkuk, in support of Iraqi forces conducting localized offensives in the area, Quinney said.

U.S. and coalition jets have been pounding the area in recent weeks, destroying bunkers, vehicles and least one anti-aircraft gun in recent days.

A technical briefing on the strike has been scheduled for Thursday, but an update on DND’s website said, “The use of air power contributing to the destruction of ISIL infrastructure and equipment denies them the military means to attack (Iraqi security forces) or coalition assets.”

In a statement, Nicholson acknowledges the fact that the strike took place on Remembrance Day as he thanked the military personnel taking part in Canada’s combat mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“I commend the nearly 600 men and women in uniform for their tremendous work today in the international fight to degrade ISIL,” Nicholson said.

“This strike demonstrates Canada’s firm resolve to tackle the threat of terrorism and stand with our allies against ISIL’s atrocities against innocent women, children and men.”

Just over a week ago, Canadian bombs destroyed construction equipment that ISIL fighters were using to develop defensive positions near Fallujah, west of Baghdad _ the only other successful strike as yet acknowledged by National Defence.

The militants had also been using the equipment to reshape a local dam, flooding nearby land to force Iraqi forces on to roads that had been mined and to deny a water supply to local civilians.

Update: Story updated at 4:27 p.m. Nov. 11 to clarify that it was a single jet that hit the target. 

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DND says CF-18 hit Islamic State artillery position

  1. Tsk…..all that money from ‘hard-working Canadians’ blown to smithereens in a country that’s been bombed for 23 years…..on a day we’re remembering the dead…..and nobody minds.

    Can’t give a pregnant refugee pre-natal care though. Or a pair of glasses.

    • Trouble seeing huh

    • We do give pregnant refugees pre-natal care. We also give pre-natal care to persons not eligible for refugee status and who, accordingly, are illegally present in our country (i.e. criminals). Neither category has an express “right” to be cared for by the Canadian health care system, but the Canadian health care system cares for both because it’s the right thing to do. The level of care might be uneven but it is vastly superior to the care these individuals would receive in the countries they came from and is akin to what most Canadian citizens receive. Legislatively entrenching it as some kind of “right” would be to give refugees and criminals something Canadians don’t even have. This makes sense to federal court judges and EmilyOne.

      • Heh

  2. Send the terrorist ISIL criminals more air mailed gifts from real Canadians.

  3. Wow! Why didn’t we think of bringing out the CF-18s during the long war in Afghanistan? Maybe the cost of jet fuel was too high back then to make it worth sending them all that way.

    • Air Force involvement in Afghanistan included strategic and tactical air transport, long-range patrols and helicopter detachments, most often in direct contact with the naval deployment.

  4. Why was it even after the Americans, British, … had armed and trained the Iraqi armies,…, against just such a thing as ISIS/ISIL that instead, the entire Iraqi military defense ,…, became a useless pile of cowards and runaways?. Corrupt and biased politicial systems still exist in Iraq.

    What we’ve done today is NOTHING, because when we leave Iraq again, AND WE WILL, it will fall right back into it’s insane neo-religious, neo-political, murderous/terroristic tendencies, as has been proven time and time again.