Canada deploys aircraft and additional trainers to support fight against ISIS

22 May 2016 (Last Updated May 22nd, 2016 18:30)

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have deployed aircraft and additional trainers to support Iraqi security forces in the fight against ISIS.

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The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have deployed aircraft and additional trainers to support Iraqi security forces in the fight against ISIS.

Three CH-146 Griffon helicopters have been provided to improve tactical transport, including for medical evacuations.

The aircraft carry troops and are fitted with a range of self-defence weapons.

Approximately 830 tactical aviation, intelligence and training personnel will be deployed to Iraq under CAF's Operation IMPACT.

Under the operation, the CAF conducts air missions, trains and assists the Iraqi security forces, and supports the coalition with highly skilled personnel.

Canada is increasing the size of its train, advice, and assist mission by three times to help Iraqi forces plan and conduct military operations against ISIS.

"These new capabilities underscore Canada's unwavering commitment to the global coalition and the fight against ISIL."

Canada Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan said: "These new capabilities underscore Canada's unwavering commitment to the global coalition and the fight against ISIL.

"Canada's expanded mission is setting the conditions for Iraqi security forces and regional partners to achieve long-term success by enabling them to effectively plan and execute military operations aimed at defeating ISIL and improving security and stability in the region."

The CAF has opened an all-source intelligence centre as part of Joint Task Force-Iraq.

The facility will collect, synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources to support coalition operations.

Defence Staff Chief General Jonathan Vance said: "The fight against ISIL depends on credible, integrated, and timely intelligence, which is essential in planning and executing military operations.

"The all-source intelligence centre will enhance our situational awareness along with that of the coalition."


Image: CAF members load CH-146 Griffon helicopters as part of Operation IMPACT. Photo: courtesy of Government of Canada.