CF-18s bomb Islamic State fighting positions relieving pressure on Kurds

A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet breaks away after refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Thursday,  Oct. 30, 2014 over Iraq. Canadian fighter jets have bombed an Islamic State warehouse in Iraq as part of major coalition air operation.The attack was announced in a news release from Defence Minister Rob Nicholson's office. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston
A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet breaks away after refueling with a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 over Iraq. Canadian fighter jets have bombed an Islamic State warehouse in Iraq as part of major coalition air operation.The attack was announced in a news release from Defence Minister Rob Nicholson’s office. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - For the second time in two days Canadian jet fighters have bombed an Islamic State target in northern Iraq.

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson has revealed that two CF-18s conducted a pre-planned strike early Wednesday on an extremist fighting position located near Kirkuk, about 280 kilometres north of Baghdad.

The jets dropped two 907-kilogram (2,000-pound) bombs on what appear to be fortified positions.

The raid took place at the same times as other allies, notably France, were conducting concurrent air operations aimed at relieving pressure on Kurdish Peshmerga fighters near the besieged oil-rich city.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant overran much of the region earlier this year.

A defence official says there were no civilian casualties and wouldn’t speculate on how many extremists might have been killed.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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