Canada, under pressure to stay involved in the U.S-led mission against Islamic State, will boost the number of troops on training duty in Iraq while keeping reconnaissance and refueling planes in the region, a defense source said on Friday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won an election last October promising to pull out six jets that have been bombing targets in Iraq and Syria. Trudeau has made clear he will stick to that commitment, despite unhappiness with the decision among allies.
Trudeau is due to unveil the revamped mission next week, according to a government source with direct knowledge of the file.
Separately, the defense source said Canada would keep two Aurora surveillance planes in the region, as well as a refueling aircraft.
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