Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada’s fighter jets will end their bombing missions against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria within the next two weeks.
The number of military personnel in the region though will rise from 650 to 830. Trudeau says Canadian troops will now provide planning, targeting and intelligence expertise.
The Canadian bombing campaign will stop February 22nd but the size of Canada’s mission will triple with additional medical personnel and equipment including small arms, ammunition and optics to assist in training Iraqi security forces.
Trudeau made the announcement alongside Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan.
The time frame of Canada’s contribution to the mission against ISIS is being extended until the end of March 2017.