(By Estera Popowska)
In what is Canada's first assault on the world most notorious terrorist group in recent times, Canadian warplanes have carried out their first airstrike against ISIS in Syria, hitting one of the Sunni militant group's garrisons.
Canada's Department of National Defence said Wednesday that Canada’s CF-18 Hornets bombed near ISIS' de facto capital of Raqqa, It described the strike as successful.
CNN says Canadian forces are part of the U.S.-led coalition trying to stem the extremist group's bloody advances in Iraq and Syria. Canadian warplanes have conducted dozens of strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq since November.
Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced plans last month to expand the airstrikes into Syria, CNN reported."This first airstrike under the expanded mandate demonstrates our government's firm resolve to tackle the threat of terrorism against Canada and to promote international security and stability," Defense Minister Jason Kenney said in a statement.
"ISIL is a genocidal terrorist organization and we will deny them safe haven in the region," he said, using an alternative acronym for the militant group, which refers to itself as the Islamic State.
ISIS, whose sway has spread far beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria, has imposed its harsh interpretation on Islam on the areas it has seized, killing thousands of people and persecuting minorities (CNN)