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Statement by the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence

Government of Canada

2014-11-02

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement:

"Today, Canada's CF-18s conducted their first combat strike since joining the fight against ISIL on October 30. Coordinated with our coalition partners, two CF-18s attacked ISIL targets with GBU12 500 lb laser guided bombs in the vicinity of Fallujah, Iraq. The approximately four hour mission included air-to-air refueling from Canada's Polaris aircraft. All aircraft returned safely to their base.

"Assessment of the damage continues. More information will be provided during a media briefing on November 4.

"Today's strike demonstrates our Government's firm resolve to tackle the threat of terrorism and to stand with our allies against ISIL's atrocities against innocent women, children and men. I thank all our men and women in uniform for their work on this important mission."



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