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Harper defends air strikes targeting IS group

Canada has deployed CF-18 fighter jets to fight the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria until March 2016Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper in an election debate defended Canadian air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, while his political rivals called for a pullback. The New Democrats, if elected, would end the military mission, while the Liberals said they would withdraw Canadian war planes, but continue training Kurdish forces in Iraq. “This (Islamic State) is a group that would slaughter literally millions of people in its wake, has a stated intention to launch terrorist attacks around the world, including against this country, and has indicated it has the capacity to do that,” Harper said on Monday.

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