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ISIS mission: Canadian CF-18s drop laser-guided bombs over Iraq

11/02/2014 06:15 EST | Updated 01/02/2015 05:59 EST
Canadian CF-18 combat jets have dropped laser-guided bombs over Iraq for the first time as part of the anti-ISIS campaign, the Department of National Defence confirmed Sunday. 

Two CF-18s targeted ISIS positions with laser-guided bombs "in the vicinity of Fallujah," a large city in central Iraq, according to a statement released by Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson.

The mission lasted approximately four hours, the statement said, and included an air-to-air refuelling of the fighter jets. Both aircraft made it safely back to base. 

An assessment of the mission's success continues, and more information will be made available Nov. 4, the statement reads. 

It was the first time Canadian fighter jets have struck ISIS targets since arriving in Kuwait on Oct. 30 to join the U.S.-led coalition currently carrying out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. 

More to come.

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