Canada joins military campaign against the Islamic State
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper pictured in Ontario, March 18th, 2014 (File/AFP)
The United States welcomes the Canadian government's deployment of fighter and refueling aircraft, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to participate in the campaign to degrade and destroy ISIL in Iraq, the White House said on Tuesday night.
"We are also grateful for Canada's deployment of troops to Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi Security Forces as well as Canada's continued provision of vital humanitarian assistance," said the statement released by the Office of the White House Press Secretary.
With these deployments, Canada demonstrates its continued leadership and resolve in addressing the urgent and critical security challenges that threaten Canada, its people and the broader international community, the statement said.
"Canadians and Americans have fought alongside each other in several major conflicts over the past century, and we are grateful for Canada's further contribution against terrorism," it said.
"We will continue to work with our international partners to expand our sustained and comprehensive approach to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a variety of means, including military actions, efforts to stop terrorist financing, countering flows of foreign fighters into the region and de-legitimizing ISIL's extremist ideology," the statement said.