Canada joins coalition against ISIL

House of Commons votes in favour of sending Canadian forces to combat ISIL rebel group in Iraq, but not in Syra.

    Canada joins coalition against ISIL
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canada would not deploy ground troops against the rebel group [Reuters]

    Members of the Canadian House of Commons have voted in favour of sending Canadian forces to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebel group in Iraq.

    The motion was pushed by Conservatives and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday and clears the way for Canada to send CF-18 fighter jets to embark on airstrikes in Iraq.

    The vote in the House of Commons passed 157 to 134.

    Combat missions do not ordinarily require approval by the House but Harper promised to put any combat missions, including air strikes up to a debate and vote.

    Harper said Canada would not deploy ground troops against the rebel group. He has also said Canadian jets would not strike targets in Syria until it had the full support of the government in Damascus.

    The United States has been bombing ISIL and other groups in Syria for two weeks with the help of Arab allies, and hitting targets in Iraq since August.

    European countries have joined the campaign in Iraq but not in Syria.

    In 2003, Canada's then Liberal government refused to take part in the US invasion of Iraq.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?