Canada's new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is keeping his word so far. Susana Mas (CBC News) reports that he has announced February 22nd as the day "Canada will cease all coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria."
Mas quotes him stating, "It is important to understand that while airstrike operations can be very useful to achieve short-term military and territorial gains, they do not on their own achieve long-term stability for local communities."
Merrit Kennedy (NPR) adds:
Canadian troops will now "focus on training and advising local security forces to take their fight directly to ISIL," according to a government statement.
Canada says it will still assist with aerial refueling and surveillance activities associated with the airstrikes.
At his Twitter feed, Trudeau went over the basics:
For those keeping track, that's more information in one hour than Barack (or John Kerry) has offered in a month or two as to what the US is doing in Iraq.
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