Canada's fighter jets fly anti-ISIS raids in Iraq for the last time

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, on Feb 16, 2016.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, on Feb 16, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA (AFP) - Canadian F-18 fighter jets have flown their last raids against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged, the authorities said Wednesday (Feb 17).

The final air strikes were against an ISIS "fighting position in the vicinity of Fallujah", Iraq, a Defence Ministry statement said. The planes flew their last sortie on Sunday, it added.

In place of the six F-18 fighter jets, Ottawa said it would triple the number of special forces training Kurdish militia in northern Iraq to about 210.

Canadian CC-150T Polaris refueling and CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft would continue to play roles in the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, it said.

The withdrawal of Canada's warplanes - a campaign promise made by Trudeau in the run-up to October legislative elections - is seen as a symbolic blow against unity in the US-led coalition bombing ISIS.