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Canada Copter Squadron Departs for Northern Iraq to Fight Daesh

Sputnik News

22:22 17.04.2017(updated 22:36 17.04.2017)

Canadian Defense Ministry announced that sixty members of the Royal Canadian Airforce have been deployed to provide tactical aviation for Canada's trainers, advisors and special-forces in the war against Daesh terrorists.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Sixty members of the Royal Canadian Airforce (CAF) have been deployed to provide tactical aviation for Canada's trainers, advisors and special-forces in the war against Daesh in northern Iraq, the nation's Defense Ministry announced in a press release on Monday.

"We provide air power that integrates with and supports our CAF and coalition partners," Canadian Air Division Commander Maj. Gen. Christian Drouin stated in the release. "The tactical helicopter detachment is a crucial component of this commitment."

Members of the 408th Tactical Helicopter Squadron, based in the province of Alberta, are replacing members of an existing chopper squadron as part of a normal force rotation, the release explained.

Up to four CH-146 Griffon helicopters provide in-theatre tactical transport for Canadian troops, special-forces and materiel near Erbil, Iraq, the release noted.

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