Canada lawmakers vote symbolically for anti-ISIS mission

A Canadian flag flies in front of the peace tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on December 4, 2015 (AFP Photo/Geoff Robins)

Canadian lawmakers voted symbolically Tuesday to support the government's rejigged contribution to the US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last month the withdrawal of Canadian fighter jets from the fight, while tripling the number of special forces training Kurdish militia in northern Iraq to about 210.

Canadian CC-150T Polaris refueling and CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft were also left to continue to play roles in the coalition.

Members of parliament voted 178 to 147 in support of the new mandate on Tuesday, which also included expanding Canada's intake of refugees and humanitarian aid for the Mideast region ravaged by war.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50