NEWS

ISIS mission briefing to update Canada's bombing campaign in Iraq

01/19/2015 12:00 EST | Updated 03/21/2015 05:59 EDT
Top Canadian military officials, including the commander of Canada's special forces, will provide a briefing on the air bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq.

CBCNews.ca will carry the briefing live from Ottawa at 2 p.m. ET.

Lt.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, commander of the Canadian joint operations command, and Brig.-Gen. Michael Rouleau,commander of the Canadian special operations forces command, will brief journalists on the three-month-old mission.

The joint operations command handles missions intended to defend Canada, assist in the defence of North America, and promote peace and security abroad, according to the Canadian Forces website.

The House of Commons last October approved a six-month air bombing mission in Iraq to combat the militant group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

The government had also approved a plan one month earlier to send 69 special forces soldiers to northern Iraq to assist local forces in the fight against ISIS, although Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed Oct. 1 that there were only 26 special forces troops on the ground.

Those special forces are drawn from four areas:

- JTF2.

- Canadian Special Operations.

- 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron.

- Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit.

MORE:cbcNews