Canada is extending a scaled-down version of its military mission in Iraq and the Middle East for another two years.
Defence Minister Anita Anand announced the extension Monday afternoon, before the mandate for the mission known as Operation Impact was set to expire on Friday.
The latest extension comes more than eight years after Canada first deployed troops to the region in
October 2014 as the Islamic State militant group threatened to take over Iraq and Syria.
The mission has evolved numerous times over the years, previously including fighter jets, transport and surveillance aircraft, helicopters and military trainers and special forces troops….