Hours after Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau won victory along with his Liberal Party in the Canadian elections, he was on the phone to President Obama to tell him that his country was pulling their fighter jets out of Iraq and Syria.
This is a move that is tantamount to a retreat in light of the fact that the fight against ISIS is mainly happening in the skies above Syria and Iraq.
After informing Obama of his decision, he also made the puzzling comment that Canada would still do all they could to stop ISIS. Our northern neighbors do have some military trainers in northern Iraq.
From the BBC:
Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has confirmed he will withdraw Canadian fighter jets from the air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.
He informed US President Barack Obama of his decision hours after leading his Liberal Party to victory in the polls.
As part of his election campaign, Mr Trudeau pledged to bring home the CF-18 fighter jets that were deployed to the region until March 2016.
He has not yet given a timescale.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberals swept to power in Monday’s election, ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper.
Mr Trudeau, an ex-high-school teacher, is the eldest son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
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