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Canadian Armed Forces marks the transitioning of Air Task Force-Iraq

March 5, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) officially marked the transitioning of the Air Task Force-Iraq mission during a parade today in Kuwait. Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force, presided over the parade, which commemorated the contributions of all CAF members who have deployed to conduct and support air operations since the beginning of Operation IMPACT.

Air Task Force-Iraq will continue to operate aircraft in support of coalition air operations. The CC-150T Polaris supports coalition air assets in the region with aerial refueling and two CP-140 Auroras conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions based on identified and pre-determined areas of interest.      

As directed by the Government of Canada, the CF-18 Hornets ceased airstrike operations on February 15, 2016, and will depart the region in a phased approach in the coming weeks.


"The men and women who have deployed on Air Task Force-Iraq have represented Canada very well and all Canadians should be grateful for their efforts. Since the beginning of Operation IMPACT, they made valuable contributions to the security of the region and continue to provide robust support to coalition efforts in the fight against ISIL. I applaud their hard work and thank all Air Task Force members for their professionalism and dedication to the mission.”

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

“I am immensely proud of all the men and women who have deployed to conduct and support airstrike operations as part of Air Task Force-Iraq. I thank all those who have made contributions to this important mission and appreciate greatly the ongoing commitment of those who continue to work with our partners to improve the security of Iraq and the region.”

Colonel Shayne Elder, Commander, Air Task Force-Iraq

“Canadians can be proud of the members of the Operation IMPACT Fighter Detachment, who through their professionalism and dedication, assured that the fighter contribution to the mission was expertly delivered. Our personnel have delivered first-rate fighter operations on behalf of Canada in flying and leading complex missions, and by maintaining and supporting our fighters in action. It has been a team effort. As this mission completes its transition, I am confident that the men and women of Air Task Force Iraq will continue to expertly deliver airpower to this operation with professionalism.”   

Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, Commander Royal Canadian Air Force

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Air Task Force-Iraq Airstrikes
Operation IMPACT Image Gallery


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