Two Canadian fighter jets bomb militant positions in Iraq
A Canadian Armed Forces CF-18 Fighter jet from 409 Squadron touches down in Kuwait on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (The Canadian Press/HO, DND-MND)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 1, 2015 11:45AM EST
OTTAWA - Two Canadian fighter jets spent New Year's Eve bombing militants' positions in Iraq as part of a international airstrike campaign.
The Defence Department says that on Dec. 31, the two CF-18s struck ISIL fighting positions using precision-guided munitions.
The planes were acting in support of Iraqi security forces' group operations west of Fallujah.
According to information posted by the American and Australian governments, the targets hit in that area were tactical units belong to the Islamic State.
The group, which has declared a self-styled caliphate, holds about a third of Iraq and neighbouring Syria.
The U.S. government says fighter planes and drones also conducted airstrikes in Syria on Dec. 31, destroying oil derricks, ISIL buildings and fighting positions.