Canada to Withdraw Fighter Jets from Iraq and Syria

Canada's prime minister-elect Justin Trudeau on Tuesday told President Barack Obama that Canadian fighter jets would withdraw from fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Iraq and Syria, but gave no timeline, AFP reported.

"About an hour ago I spoke with President Obama," Trudeau told a press conference.

While Canada remains "a strong member of the coalition against ISIS," Trudeau said he made clear to the Obama "the commitments I have made around ending the combat mission."

Canada last year deployed CF-18 fighter jets to the region until March 2016, as well as about 70 special forces troops to train Kurds in northern Iraq.

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

His new Liberal government will be "moving forward with our campaign commitments in a responsible fashion," Trudeau said, according to AFP.

"We want to ensure that the transition is done in an orderly fashion," he added.

Trudeau on Monday won a landslide victory in the Canadian election, unseating Conservative Stephen Harper after nine years.

Trudeau has consistently opposed Harper's counter-terror moves, including proposed legislation last year to cancel the citizenship of terrorists.

He sharply criticized Harper’s decision last year to join the coalition against ISIS.

Trudeau at the time acknowledged that ISIS is a "threat to regional and global security" but said that "Mr. Harper has made no effort to build a non-partisan case for war," claiming a parallel to the 2003 Iraq war he termed the "Iraq fiasco."

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