Thursday, 09 April 2015 - 12:57
Canada begins Air strikes in Syria
Canada carried out its first air strikes in Syria, expanding Ottawa's contribution to the US-led coalition against Islamic State, after parliament approved a larger role in the conflict.
Two F-18s using precision-guided munitions struck a IS position near the Syrian city of Raqqa, before safely returning to base, the military announced.
Canada first joined the anti-IS coalition in November and it has also deployed about 70 special forces troops to train Kurds to fight IS in northern Iraq.
Despite a sustained air campaign and ground advances in Iraq, the radical group still holds large swaths of territory straddling Syria and Iraq.