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Iraqi army 'crushing' ISIS, says Canadian soldier

When Brig.-Gen. Greg Smith first touched down in Iraq in February to advise and assist the Iraqi army in its fight against Islamic State militants, he assumed that ISIS had the upper hand.

Instead, what he found -- amidst the grit and violence and destruction that has consumed large chunks of Iraq and neighbouring Syria -- was an Iraqi army that would not back down.

"They are crushing them in many ways and pushing them back," said Smith, the Canadian chief of staff of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command for Operation Inherent Resolve, the American-led coalition whose mission is to help guide Iraq's own forces.

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