Canada to extend anti-ISIS mission by 2 years

Canadian troops will stay in Iraq for the next two years and expand their “advise and assist” role by training other local security forces, the Liberal government announced Thursday.

To this point, the roughly 200 Canadian special forces trainers in Iraq have concentrated their attention on teaching Kurdish peshmerga fighters the finer points of combat.

But Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement the extension to March 31, 2019 will allow the training of “new potential partners within the Iraqi security forces.”