Fighter Jets for Operation IMPACT Leave Alberta

There was intense security at 4 Wing, Cold Lake, northern Alberta, from where six CF-18 Hornet fighter jets departed on Tuesday morning to fight against IS in Iraq. Minister of Defence, Rob Nicholson, was present to overlook the security as the pilots deployed to Iraq departed and acknowledged that the security has been elevated after a soldier in Quebec was killed and another injured on Monday in what appears to be a ‘lone wolf’ terrorist attack.

It was revealed that the suspect, Martin ‘Ahmad’ Couture-Rouleau, ran the soldiers down with his vehicle outside a Service Canada Centre in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., just south of Montreal. Commenting on the incident, Nicholson stated that the attack has only strengthened the resolve of those involved in the air combat mission, dubbed Operation IMPACT. He stated that “we are aware that the suspect was known to police and federal authorities and had become radicalized, although the circumstances of the situation remain under investigation,” adding that “our Canadian Armed Forces members represent the best of Canada and to have one die in such a senseless act only strengthens our resolve.” He alleged that “this is a tragedy, but we are determined to carry forward with our mission and we know we’re on the right track.”

Meanwhile, Canada’s military reconnaissance team is all set on ground in the Middle East preparing for the arrival of the fighter jets. The six-month air combat mission aims to degrade ISIL’s ability to carry out military operations against the people of the Republic of Iraq.

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