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Canada to extend anti-ISIS mission by 2 years

Canada is extending its military mission against ISIS by two years.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the renewed contribution to the international coalition today in a news release. 

The mission, which will continue the "advise and assist" role, will now go to March 31, 2019.

The extension includes providing training for new potential partners within the Iraqi security forces and a CC-130J Hercules aircraft for tactical airlift.  

"Our new defence policy has made it very clear that Canada is ready and willing to do its part for the global community," Sajjan said in a statement. "This includes confronting security issues that threaten our shores and those of our allies and partners. We must continue working with the Global Coalition against Daesh and to address the security challenges which confront Iraq, Syria and the region."

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