Canada to end bombing missions in Iraq and Syria

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks about a Saskatchewan school shooting during a news conference in Davos, on Jan 22, 2016.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks about a Saskatchewan school shooting during a news conference in Davos, on Jan 22, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday (Feb 8) Canada would pull out six jets that have been bombing targets in Iraq and Syria, ending Canada's controversial combat role in the effort against Islamic State.

Canada will end its bombing missions by Feb 22 but would keep two surveillance planes in the region as well as refueling aircraft, and triple the number of soldiers training Kurdish troops in northern Iraq to about 200, from about 70 currently, the government said.