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ISIS mission CF-18 fighters being deployed from Cold Lake, Harper says

10/08/2014 03:08 EDT | Updated 12/08/2014 05:59 EST
Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed Wednesday that six CF-18 fighter jets taking part in the Canadian mission against ISIS will come from a base in Cold Lake, Alta., while three other support and reconnaissance planes will be deployed from Ontario and Nova Scotia.

"I can confirm to the House that six CF-18s will be deployed from the 4 Wing Cold Lake [Alberta], the Polaris will be deployed from 8 Wing Trenton [Ontario] and two Auroras will be deployed from 14 Wing Greenwood [Nova Scotia]," Harper told MPs in response to a question from Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair during the House of Commons daily question period.

"I know that the military is continuing to work on the deployment plan and I'm not in a position at this point to confirm where that deployment will be," he said.

MPs voted 157-134 Tuesday night to back the government's motion to join U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS for a period of up to six months starting last Friday.

The government motion expressly rules out ground troops, but leaves open the possibility that Canada could participate in airstrikes against ISIS forces inside Syrian territory if invited by the Assad government.

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