Monday, January 19, 2015

Canadian Troops Battle with IS Fighters in Iraq; Canadians Kill IS Fighters, No Canadian Injuries

Canadian special forces exchanged gunfire with Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq in recent days, in the first ground battle between Western troops and IS, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (January 19, 2015).

The Canadians came under mortar and machine gun fire while training Iraqi troops near front lines and shot back in what Canadian special forces commander Brigadier General Michael Rouleau described as self-defense, killing the IS fighters.

Rouleau said the melee had taken place on the previous seven days and was "the first time we've taken fire and returned fire" in Iraq.

The general added that the Canadians used sniper fire to neutralize the IS troops, and there were no Canadian injuries.

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