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CF-18s drop bombs in three strike missions against Islamic State

Defence minister Jason Kenney tells House of Commons the bombs were dropped on Islamic State staging areas and fighting positions west of Kirkuk


 
U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/CP

U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/CP

OTTAWA – Canadian warplanes have conducted three strike missions in northern Iraq in the last week.

Defence Minister Jason Kenney has told the House of Commons that CF-18s dropped laser-guided bombs on a series of Islamic State staging areas and fighting positions west of Kirkuk.

The attack happened on Monday.

The day before, another mission saw two ammunition depots near Haditha blown up by precision-guided strikes.

And on Saturday, the jets attacked enemy trenches south of Kirkuk, where Kurdish peshmerga forces have been fighting a prolonged battle against the Islamic State.

The extremists swept into Kirkuk last summer following the collapse of the Iraqi army and they have been consolidating their hold over the city ever since.


 
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