Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets complete first mission over Iraq, return to base without firing missiles

National Post | News

KUWAIT CITY — Canadian warplanes have flown their first operational flights, but have yet to carry out strike missions against Islamic State targets.

Six CF-18 jet fighters, two CP-140 Aurora surveillance planes and a C-150 refuelling jet are operating out of undisclosed airfields in Kuwait and will launch bombing missions against the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant soon.

“Operational flights have begun,” said a senior defence source. “No bombs have been dropped, but ops are indeed underway.”

The source would not reveal when the missions were conducted and what sort of tasks the fighters carried out, whether it was training or combat air patrols, or whether the Auroras have started to carry out surveillance of potential ISIL targets.

THE CANADIAN PRESS / Andrew Vaughan THE CANADIAN PRESS / Andrew Vaughan

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