Canadian jets to withdraw from ISIS fight

OTTAWA • Canada's Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau has told United States President Barack Obama that Canadian fighter jets would withdraw from fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in both Iraq and Syria.

During his election campaign, Mr Trudeau pledged to bring home the fighter jets and end the combat mission. But he vowed to keep military trainers in place.

Elected in a Liberal party landslide on Monday, he told a press conference on Tuesday that Canada remains "a strong member of the coalition against ISIL", using another name for the militant group.

But Mr Trudeau said he made clear to the US leader "the commitments I have made around ending the combat mission". No timeline was given for the withdrawal.

During his election campaign, Mr Trudeau pledged to bring home the fighter jets and end the combat mission... Mr Trudeau said he made clear to the US leader "the commitments I have made around ending the combat mission".

Mr Trudeau's Canada is likely to present a very different face to the world from the one it showed under Mr Stephen Harper, the Conservative prime minister decisively routed by Mr Trudeau and his Liberals.

Mr Trudeau has promised some major policy changes, among them legalising marijuana and deficit spending to pump up the economy and rebuild infrastructure.

Gone, Mr Trudeau has said, will be the combative, lecturing approach Mr Harper adopted towards the Obama administration over the Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada to the US. It failed to get US approval for the pan-continental oil pipeline first proposed in 2008.

Mr Trudeau will also try to rebuild ties with allies that soured over the issue of climate change.

The White House said Mr Obama, whose administration clashed with Mr Harper on climate policy, looked forward to partnering Mr Trudeau, with the Paris climate conference in December approaching.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon also urged Canada's new leaders to help clinch a historic climate deal in Paris.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, NEW YORK TIMES

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