Canada to increase Iraq trainers, but will remove jets
Rob Gillies (Associated Press) - November 17, 2015 - 7:51am

TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will increase the number of military trainers Canada has in Northern Iraq but remains committed to removing the country's fighter jets despite the Paris attacks.

Trudeau said he told allies Canada will do more training. Canada currently has had 69 special forces soldiers with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters since last year. Trudeau says details like how many more and their exact role still needs to be decided.

The current mission also includes six CF-18 fighter jets, a refueling tanker aircraft, two surveillance planes and one airlift aircraft but Trudeau reiterated he will remove the fighter jets from the combat mission against the Islamic State militant group.

He made the comments on a plane headed to the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit on Tuesday.

AIRCRAFT ASIA PACIFIC ECONOMIC CO CANADA CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU FIGHTER ISLAMIC STATE JETS KURDISH PESHMERGA MISSION NORTHERN IRAQ TRUDEAU
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