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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Canada in Iraq: RCAF Strikes 3 ISIS Positions Near Kirkurk and Mosul

As the coalition air campaign amps up its attacks on ISIS position in the wake of the Paris attacks last Friday, the RCAF is continuing to play its part.

Under the watchful eye of a new commander, Brigadier General Irving, on 18 November 2015, while taking part in coalition airstrikes in support of Iraqi security forces offensive operations, two CF-18 Hornets successfully struck three separate ISIS fighting positions, one south of Kirkuk and two others northwest of Mosul, using precision guided munitions.
4 February 2015 - Two CF-18 Hornets escort a CC-150 Polaris after being refueled during Operation IMPACT on February 4, 2015. (Photo: Canadian Forces Combat Camera, DND)
Two RCAF CF-18's escort a CC-150 Polaris over Iraq in February 2015. Photo: CAF Combat Camera 
The RCAF broke news of these recent strikes around the same time that French Officials confirmed the death of  Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks. French officials confirmed that he died in the violet shootout between police and ISIS extremists in Saint-Denis on Tuesday.