Trudeau plans to put more trainers in Iraq

Trudeau's first news conference as PM


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will increase the number of military personnel in Iraq to train local forces as a way of making a bigger contribution to the coalition fighting Islamic militants.

Trudeau talked about the plan during a wide-ranging, 20-minute press conference aboard his Canadian Forces airliner, prior to touching down in the Philippine capital of Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation Summit.

Trudeau says Canada will increase the number of Canadian Forces trainers in Iraq, which currently stands at 69.

He said he has told allies that Canada will make a bigger military contribution to the fight against Islamic militants after he ends Canada’s air combat mission in the U.S.-led coalition that is bombing targets in Iraq and Syria.


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