The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, has today confirmed he will withdraw Canadian fighter jets from the campaign against Islamic State.
As part of his election campaign Mr Trudeau pledged to bring home the CF-18 fighter jets that were deployed to the region until March 2016. He has also said he would keep Canadian military trainers in northern Iraq, the AFP news agency reports.
Canada has deployed 6 CF-18 Hornets and 2 CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft in the region.
CF-18s have supported NORAD air sovereignty patrols and participated in combat during the Gulf War in 1991, the Kosovo War in the late 1990s, and as part of the Canadian contribution to the international Libyan no-fly zone in 2011.