Canada To Extend Mission Against Islamic State

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Wednesday that Canada plans to extend and expand its mission against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, saying Ottawa would provide more details next week. The mandate of the six-month Canadian mission ends in early April. Canada has around 70 special forces operating in northern Iraq and has also provided six jets to take part in U.S.-led bombing missions against Islamic State. Harper's announcement did not come as a great surprise.